Man flogged for foul language

Oleosi Kgosi
IN HOT SOUP: Francis Office

A foul-mouthed man was lashed on his bare buttocks last Wednesday by a Mogoditshane Customary Court after the presiding chief, Kgosi Keabetswe Dihutso, found him guilty of using profanities.

Convicted of using insulting language, Francis Office (29) received an outright whipping after admitting to have uttered insults to Tebogo Ditshupo on a phone call on June 23 last year.

Allegedly, the accused told Ditshupo to back off from his girlfriend, Kebafilwe.

“O sematla! O p#lo! Tswa mo mosading wame (You are a fool! Your penis! Back off from my woman),” are the utterances that landed Office in scuffling with the law.

When admitting the common nuisance charge, Office said that he was under the influence of alcohol when he bickered the dirty words.

“My family has been discouraging me from such behaviour, I now take heed of their advice,” he remorsefully told court.

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Upon discovering that he faced a possibility of being imprisoned for a term not exceeding one year, he pleaded with court to be lenient towards him in sentencing, noting that he was his family’s breadwinner.

In his ruling, Kgosi Dihutso expressed disappointment towards Office for his offensive language, adding that he must be held accountable.

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