IN PAIN: Sankoloba
IN PAIN: Sankoloba

A Francistown businessman, Oratile Sankoloba is nursing a bullet wound to his leg. Sankoloba, 31 was shot by a police officer at Tati Siding village last week for allegedly trying to flee police interrogation.The Director of Fassy Spares has however denied the allegations and threatened to take legal action against the police for injuries inflicted on hi

Speaking to The Voice this week, Sankoloba said the incident occurred at around 11pm when he was was stopped by police officers and asked where he was going.

‘I told them I was going home and they released me. To my surprise they followed me and when I was still wondering what was happening they overtook me and drove over to my lane to block me.I swerved out of the road and stopped the car. When I got out to catch a leak they shot me on the thigh.”

He says as he screamed in pain he could hear the officer who shot him saying ,“That’ll teach you not to take the police for granted.”Sankoloba’s incensed father, Keifasi Johanne accused the police of being trigger happy and vowed to assist his son to fight for justice.

“I am really hurt by this. My son is not a criminal; he is a business man and a director of my company. I want to know what the law has to say about this kind of shooting. Why did they not chase him and handcuff him if he was running away? Was shooting the really best solution?”He asked.

NOT AMUSED: Keifasi Johanne
NOT AMUSED: Keifasi Johanne

Gerald Police Station Commander Masego Mathitha however said that when police officers flagged him down Sankoloba parked the car and bolted.

“They fired a warning shot and he did not stop, that’s when they became suspicious and shot him on the leg.” she said

The station commander further revealed that police were still investigating to establish whether a car engine that was found in Sankoloba was stolen or not.


  1. nyaa banna le fa ke se mankge wa tsa ditlhobolo, a ekare motho a siya a fulwa kwa pele ga serope jang? wena lepodisi le legolwane ela tlhoko gore o raya sechaba o reng. Sankoloba laiti yaaka o seka wa ba ba lesa.

  2. Yes it sounds crazy and untrue..2010 around September, we were driving from Sebina to Francistown..3 of ours in a my friends company van(with a big LOGO) just after the Orapa Junction there was a Buck trying to cross to the other side,for that my friend swayed the car to avoid hitting this animal..Then after a car behind us flickered its lights for us to stop, not a BX but a VVT Toyota 4×4..We did not stop until this car was driving parallel to our car going the same direction..As soon as we stopped this VVT car blocked us so that we could not drive forward if we had too we had to reverse first..We all seat quietly and motionless in our car..And three officers stepped down from the van..1 with with a handgun drawn pointing at any of us who’s trying to say anything..Guess what? The officer with a gun on his hand, a three star high ranking officer with 1 male and female constable..He asked us why our car swayed off the road a lil bit?? with his gun pointing at us..After that he uncorks the the gun right in front of us(show off) and a bullet sprung out of the gun into the nearby grassy patch which took them a minute to find it..And i just thought what if we kept driving since the car looked like an ordinary car in a very sketchy area next to the big tree where several murders had taken place already.. Now you could imagine how many Batswana had been killed over suspicion, how do you draw a gun on someone running away without any threat to you life..Gun should be the last resort when someone posses a threat to your life not someone you’ve confronted and you know for sure he is not a threat..

  3. If a high rankin officer can shoot a person for suspectin him instead of handcuffing him rather, then a special constable might as well shoot us for smillin. Mr Edwin Batshu we nid u back. The world z cumin 2 an end.

  4. “there was a Buck trying to cross to the other side,for that my friend swayed the car to avoid hitting this animal..”
    presume Sasloo that if your friend did hit the animal he would be in trouble again – he did the right thing to swerve and avoid hitting the animal.

    There seem to be alot of incidents involving arrogant officers including the one that shot at one person that hurt where it hurts most when he was involved in an argument with his girlfriend – they should be professional in their approach