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KICKED OUT FOR REFUSING TO WATER KGOROBA’S GRAVE

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OUT IN THE COLD: Clement Mutanho

• Zimbabwean labourer alleges the late Minister’s son broke down his door when stopped manning the graveyard
• But the Kgoroba brothers accuse the Zimbabwean of owing rental and abusing the family hospitality

A 32-year old Zimbabwean labourer lost his job and accommodation after he allegedly refused to continue watering and removing weeds from the grave of the late Minister of Education, George Kgoroba.
Clement Mutanho, who says he has been working for the Kgorobas for eight years now, alleged that Sedirwa ‘Chillyboy’ Kgoroba, broke down the door to his rented room when he stopped weeding off and watering the former minister’s grave and that reserved for his mother at Block 5 cemetery in Gaborone.
Sedirwa admitted breaking down the door at the Kgoroba’s multi-residential complex in Mogoditshane, but only because Mutanho owed too much rental and refused to move out. On the day the door was broken down, the police came and arrested a “violent” Mutanho. The Zimbabwean was released after three days and the charges were dropped.
Now Mutanho plans suing the Kgorobas, as he insists he not only was being victimised for refusing a bizarre instruction to water the graves, but that he was being owed over P40 000 in unpaid wages.
Mutanho told The Voice that he started working for the Kgoroba family in 2002, doing mainly maintenance of their properties and any other jobs that came along.
Mutanho alleged that in January this year, Sedirwa Kgoroba, the son of the late Minister told him that he would be adding another portfolio to his job that is removing weeds and watering the grave of his late father and one reserved for his mother in Block five cemetery three times a week.
“It was a very difficult job to do, it was never easy tending to the graves but I just did the job because Kgoroba was threatening to evict me from his compound where I was using a room. Eventually I could not do it anymore because I was afraid of being alone in the graveside all the time and when I told him I could not do it anymore he told me to move out of the room,’’ said Mutanho.
But when he refused to move out, as he was “owed a lot of money”, Kgoroba then removed the door of his room.
“I then confronted him and started demanding all the money that they owed me as I had been working but not getting my salary in full,’’ he claimed.

The late George Kgoroba

Mutanho also alleged that his standoff with Kgoroba started last year as he had a tendency of making him work and then refuse to pay him, or if he was paid, he was given very little money compared to what they would have agreed on.
“They owe me at least P40 000 dating from way back and I want that money,’’ said Mutanho revealing that he was preparing to file his case with the courts as advised by the police.
However Sedirwa Kgoroba refuted the allegations leveled by Mutanho saying the latter never worked for him but his late father.
“He was not even a full-time employee but just did piece jobs. As for the door in his room, yes I removed it last week it because he has been refusing to move out. He has not been paying rent for almost four years and but he is refusing to move out,’’ he said adding that he once took him to the Kgotla for refusing to move out.
He also denied the fact that he asked him to tend to his father’s grave saying that was an issue between Mutanho and his brother Kerumile Kgoroba.
Kerumile Kgoroba (50) did not deny that he offered Mutanho a job to weed and water his father’s grave but refuted the allegation that he forced him to do so. He also denied the fact that Mutanho tended to the grave for three months.
“Clement (Mutanho) was suffering with no money and out of courtesy I offered him the job which he failed to do anyway and now this is how he pays me and my father who took care of him,’’ said Kerumile in references to Mutanho’s decision to talk to The Voice.
“How can he drag my late father’s name into this after all that he (the late Kgoroba) did for him. Since he is saying he is owed money why didn’t he go to the right people to report instead of going to the newspapers?” asked a visible angry Kerumile.

56 COMMENTS

  1. sue that person my brother,how dare he do dat to u.wats so special about that grave. Batswana pls respect zimbabweans.

  2. Some people do not have heart, mo ke makgaka, why ne ba sa supe copy ya summons ya go gana go duela rent. Some guys ba akanya gore batho bangwe ka lobaka lwa gore ga gona ko ba ka yang teng ke gore they should enslave them. Rre wa teng are mozimbabwe o hirilwe ke rrago so why evicting him ka gore go reela gore le accomodation o e neetswe ke rragwe?He does not knw rental agrement

  3. Hei work is work no matter location and nature of it, if you are lookinng for a job and get 1, do the work and when you feel u have earned more money and can live off it, quit and go rather than start crying that u are not watering a grave, its ur job go do it or quit someone will be there to take the job. Hei le lona loa lapisa ka makgakganya a lona lo sina go bona tiro. Please go back home.

  4. Nnyaa, bagaetsho, setswana sa rona se re latlhesetse jaanong tota. Waitse batho ba ba nang le madi o fi tlela ba saitse ba ka dirang ka one… kgang e e botlhoko tota…a re ga kologelweng monna wa mohumi yo ane a tima lazaro dijo a dira gore a sele mafofora a dintswa…. re ikgakologelwe setho sa rona… Rre Kgoroba go lebega a ne a tshwere rre yo sentle, thats why a berekile 8 years ebile a saye dipampiring… bana ba gagwe bone jaanong ba ba duba motshelo…gatwe tlhong botho… ga lena ditlhong tota le berekisa motho to mongwe tiro ya bolata… le ga e le mozimbabwe he deserves respect…. batswana ra itibela waitse… gatwe diamonds are not forever… re tsoga re tshegwa le ke ditshoswane rona tota…Le gone la tlhola tota le nosetsa lebitla la motho a santse a tshela… le batla boswa ga kere…..

  5. the dead are buried and forgotten,stop abusing other just because they are foreigners especially zimbabweans,our country is preaching about the 5Ds when are they going to be practised.matlhbisa ditlhong and this is really tarnishing our good country.

  6. People! stop abusing other people more especially those from Zimbabwe, they are just humans like you..so stop treating them as slaves. O ne o tla a tseega jang wena fa mongwe a ne ka go dira jalo!

  7. Batswana lets respect other ASfricans! Fa o bona Afireka Borwa A tlhabologile jaana ke ka ma afireka ba ba neng ba ya dira di piece jobong teng,(le batswana from Botswana bale moteng) A re tlogeleng mowa wa lenyatso mo dichabeng tse di kgatlegelang go re bereka.At least lets appreciate and thank God that rona African ba re rata lefa re rata gofa the light skined gotlhe mo re nnang nago and make other african like us slave. IS time to unite and accept our colour. African unite!

  8. BAHUMI BA ITEBALA BAGAETSHO.NNA KEA DUMELA BAKA DIRA JALO.AAAH BA SETSE BA BAAKANYEDITSE LE MOSADIMOGOLO HA TLA LALANG TENG-BANNA! MA ZIM KEA BA RATA, HELA BA BA SENYANG HA BA KA ITLHOTLHORA BOGODU; NYAA LEKO MOCHUDI BA KA NYALA, ESENG KO KANYE RE KABA LELEKA.

  9. wena o reng ha motho sule you forget them you are as evil the zim guy who is not doing his job, not pay rent. you think this guy can stay on the kgoroba property mahala, u guys guys u want rental agreement, why not want the WILL of the Kgorobas to know who inherited the property, Zim nfana boela e khaya o ye tengisa ma basket and not water graves.

  10. nnyaya bahumanegi, lelelelang kgang eo sentle, mazim ba bodipa ha ba somoga. ga ba dire bahumi hela,i know of somebody who spend 3 months staying with friends just becoz a zim guy who was a labour when that somebody’s house was built was still staying in the house after it was completed becoz he ddnt have anywhere to stay, he told the poor lady that he will only move after he got another job. i say TOLD not requested to stay until he got a job. so this one was not lucky becoz he was dealing wth men. i don think they dd any wrong to him, he shud just leave the Kgoroba premises and take legal action ale ko ga gagwe.

  11. guys lets look at both sides of the story ok.if da Zim dude knw dat he had grave-phobia he should have made it clear to the respectable Kgoroba,s than to express his fears for graves by refusing to do wrk.Gape ke go tshaba mabitla ga eng mdala yo kana kana.

  12. gatwe go nosetsa lebitla,ba a go tlwaela dude…must o kerea spane se sengwe or go back home,ke utlwa bare go botoka nyana this days….go tlhhaela metsi hela, i min like o ka bo o ntse o mamaisa ka one a megobe ga go tshwane…things wil go back to nomarl one daggg….

  13. ga ke ise ke bone motho a nna 4 yrs withut paying rent, they had agreement bone ba itse, as 4 the graveyard madi ale sentse mo le hirang le fa go sa thokahale to tend 4 a grave it shows your love 4 the person resting there fa o bona dikgang di start so ke gore madala o ipotsa gore o tshwerwe ke mang o asa mo itseng ka ga se mmaabo or son or grandson, time 2 wake up rich guys

  14. lo makgakga ba ga kgoroba,, nxa dirose le didaisy wont bring the old man back…

    nong gorakalala godimo goyatlase ke ga yone.

  15. ka nte ka gore fa motho a sule o sule,why lo tshwanetse go tshwenya marapo a gagwe.gatwe go nosetsa lebitla.waitse batho ba tlwaela ba bangwe matlala.heelang lona ba huminyana ke lona,neela mozim madi a gagwe,lo tlwaetse go utswela bahumanegi.MXUM…..

  16. Chilliboy Kgoroba o thabisa dithong….Your behavior towards this Zim dude is so uncalled for. You need to work on your attitude towards other people, khumo ya gago is not the end of the world…tshela sente le batho ba bangwe.O kile wa utwa kae gotwe a servant pays for their quater’s?If it wasn’t agreed on when he started working for your father, you can’t make him pay now..and if u felt like ga o sa mo tlhoka, u should have paid him and terminated his employment peacefully. Ke sekgowanyana sa eng sa gore mabitla a a nosediwa, mo ke gone go tsenya batho ba bangwe bati. Do it yourself Mr.

  17. ke ipotsa gore o teng motho yo o ka nnang fela mo lwapeng la motho a gana go duela. a tsamae a ye kwa ga bone a lese go tshwenya bana ba ga kgoroba. if ba mo kolota a batle madi sentle a lese go bopa dikgomo tsa mmopa. bahumi tlhe ba a itumela, nna ke utlwile gotwe this tendency of sparing graveyards for people who are still alive is not allowed. ke ipotsa gore bone ba kgonne jang go baya lebitla. legale ka go bereka madi.

  18. E ile ngwao akere? mothofela o kgona go firwa go nosetsa lebitla aggg! e re dihenrisa dilo phaleche t

  19. motho wa Modimo ikele gae, le ha o kare o le ka go dirang it wont help cos i believe o a bona gore nako ya go nna foo e setse e ile. amogela seemo nd staet yr new life.go tlaa siama papi

  20. motho ga a kake a nna 4 years a sa duele rent lesang go ipata ka dibaka duelang yo mongwe le gone ke ipotsa gore halore a nosetse lebitla o lenosetsa gore lereng sometimes u are fair guys

  21. gatwe khumo mathare ea thothorega dikhumo tsa bo godu nna ga ke ditswele pelo le fa o bona ke sotega jaana le sang go tsenya yo mongwe bati ka bita la ga rraalona tsa mayang le e go itirela a a bo a lereng ne madi

  22. bo pelontle bo blaile boora kgoroba go thomogela rre yoo pelo ka go nama le mo file broko le bona seemo sa btshelo ja gagwe le bo le fela le mofa le di pisjob gore bogolo a reke phaleche go le senyeditse leina u shud hv just kicked off that guy morago ga leso la mdala

  23. sis……gate go nosetsa lebitla,ele gore ke skae,dilo tse di a tlhola tse..gate ke eng ne le tlaa re ferosa dibete….mxm

  24. ok fine,i understand that batho gare le kane re se meno,n to enjoy life treat others in a wayu will like to be treated.let us not underestimate n undermine other people,afterall we all human beings,rre yoo even if he refused to water the grave,ga se molato o ka ntshang mokola,let us know the principle of empathy,ask ur self if u culd have liked it to be oferd such a job then get to ofer it later.a re se lebaleng gore re baeti mo lefatsheng n ther is lif after death where justice will be served.n ask your self if ur deeds will set u free ga nako eo e tla kapa jang.we all important guys regaardless of our nationality,lets respect others so that we can be respected in return.go tla siama kgaitsadika,Modimo o teng

  25. i dnt thnk dz zim guy kgoroba one a mo hiriseditse,its only dat rre yo o leka go senka se a ka ipatang ka sone gr why a ne a baka tshenyo e kalo.dz guy o filwe boroko mahala cz one a bereka kgoroba. ntata, duela yo mongwe o lese go ipata,ako re lese go nyatsa ba bangwe cz ga bana se ba se inayang,ga go kgakala re bo re tshwana nabo n rona go a go nna botlhoko cz re ditshwakga,bone atleast ke bao ba a ingapangapela.

  26. hao baitse kana ba humi,guys were is the spirt of ubutu gone to.hv sme mercy on the poor zim…..guy.

  27. hao baitse kana ba humi,guys were has the spirt of ubutu gone to.hv sme mercy on the poor zim…..guy.

  28. ao shemz!!!Chilly ke gore o tsaya gre ene ke mang,life s a wheel my bro 1 day u ll be under Mugabe and his dirty people ll be on top.give him his money then tel him to go.

  29. PLZ WHT Z MEANIN OF DAT COZ ONCE DEAD WILL NEVER CUM BACK U LYK IT OR NOT WHEATHER U FIL THAT GRAVE WITH WATER NOTHING U WILL GAIN PAY THAT ZIM GUY. WHO DO THEY THINK THEY ARE?

  30. PENDA ARE LE E NE KE MOHUMI WA GABS.KE RA MADI MANTSI.GA E SULE E SULE GA E KE TLA E TSOGA, O JELWE KE DIBOKO.

  31. boela gae laiti, o lese go tla go nosetsa mabitla a batho ba ba suleng o tloga o ithela bati…
    batho ba na le go itebala @ tyms waitse, its just insanity what you guys are doing to this guy,if pisjobs di fedile just say so and release the poor guy not gore le re a nosetse mabitla…so disgusting and unfair!!!!

  32. Please send me the nr for clement to my cell nr. 72734549. I will take care of him better.I am an honest employer who respects Zimbabweans and will treat him better than any so called famous politicians. Batho ba ba sotla bana ba Modimo ka ba ithaya ba re ba botoka mo go bone. I offer good competitive wages and accomodation plus incidental bonuses.
    Hope to meet him sometime next week.

  33. Kgoroba guys ,u realy nid disciple,semenyane se takile ga go na se re se ka se dirana,o samile cheka dance rraalona.

  34. LEBITLA LE LE TSHELWANG METSI TSATSI LE LETSATSI LE NA LE MOKGWA.A BA DUELE METSI X2 A BA TSHAMEKANG KA ONE KO MABITLENG AO.

  35. kgoroba`s laaka motho ga kake a tsaya 4 years a sa duele rente la mo lesa fele how come le kgonne go tsaya kgatlo ka labitla le tsaya gore rraalona diboko di mo tlogetse fela

  36. Tlogelang bo bitter tlhe bo nnaka, gatwe mathata ke eng tota. le tlaa huma le seka la wara ok.Remember Phomolong was opened 2 weeks after he was buried, so a e nne modiga betsho.

  37. A O BATHONG ‘THE KGOROBA FAMILY MUST BE PUNISHED FOR HIRING A MOTSWAKWA WITHOUT PROPER PAPERS FOR LIVING IN OUR COUNTRY 4 THE PAST 8YEARS ND MONEY IS NOTHING PAY THE GUY COZ U A RICH ND PLAN YOUR MOTHER,S GRAVE AT PHOMOLONG CEMENTRY . DIKWETE DI YA KOO

  38. being in the grave-yard alone is very scarey mi self.ejoo nna i would have neva agreed to n the first of all……..

  39. Ae go bothokonyana go thokomela mabita.Hei batho baswe basule ga bana go thola ba tsoga let them decay alone.Please pay the Zimbagwen that money and let him go.

  40. Surely my late uncle would not have enjoyed the darama happening . The fact that his children are treating people like trash. Malome was a leader in the making, he worked hard for what he had and believe you me all this will go back where it came from. Chilliboy has always been known to think he is a cheese boy who is untouched. Does the Labour depart/or Police there have work or does it only assist who is who? This is totally an unfair practise and it is the worst xenophobic attack on an individual. yet these are the first people to say South Africans gab siama. Bo ra Kgoroba le re swabisitse Bakgatla. Tlhatswa leina labo RRaetsho.