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Zimbabwean shot in Botswana


FRANCISTOWN – A Zimbabwean national Joseph Svosve appeared in court last Thursday on charges of malicious damage to property.

Report by The Monitor

Svosve (28) of Kadoma, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared briefly before magistrate Sijabuliso Siziba.

Unemployed Svosve, who was allegedly shot three times on the left leg by the police, appeared in court in crutches supporting his plastered injured leg.

He was discharged from Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital and taken straight to the courtroom to answer for his alleged criminal activities.

It is alleged that on November 7 at a homestead at Gerald Estates location in Francistown, Svosve damaged a sliding gate and alarm set valued at over P8 000.

Prosecutor Motlhokomedi Mombala told the court that investigations into the matter were now complete.

The prosecutor applied that the trial date be set saying the State intended to call three witnesses in a bid to prove the case.

He prayed with the court for incarceration of the accused since he did not have legal documents allowing him to stay in the country.

Svosve does not possess the required documents in the form of work and residence permits which would allow him to stay in the country.

“It is our plea that the accused person be remanded in custody,” applied the prosecutor.

Mombala expressed fear that Svosve might abscond to Zimbabwe if granted bail since he did not have property that could bind him to stay in Botswana awaiting finalisation of his matter.

Given an opportunity to respond to the State application, Svosve said he did not have anything to say.

Siziba granted the application by the prosecution. Svosve is expected back in court on November 29.

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