Police arrest youngster’s father on suspicion of murder
A young boy is believed to have witnessed his mum’s bloody final moments, looking on in helpless, hypnotised horror as she was brutally hacked to death with a machete.
To add to the toddler’s torment, his father, the slain woman’s lover, Mogomitsi Gafiwa, 25, has since been arrested on suspicion of the murder.
23-year-old Baboloki Bokata’s violent death has sent shockwaves rippling through the remote village of Betesankwe, located roughly 15km from Jwaneng.
Bokata’s mutilated, still warm body was discovered in her home on Thursday night after relatives were alerted to the incident by her child’s cries for help.
The first to arrive on the scene was Kemolatlhe Gafiwa – the suspected killer’s grandfather.
Narrating the ordeal, the old man told The Voice he had just returned home when he found his great-grandson ‘crying uncontrollably’ outside the house.
“I called out for the parents but I got no answer. Whilst I was still in shock trying to calm him down, Mogomotsi arrived and he seemed disturbed by something. He went inside the house and left after a few minutes,” revealed the elder Gafiwa.
“I then called out to our neighbor and asked her to hold on to the young boy who was still crying at this point,” he continued, pausing for a moment as he contemplates the next part of his narrative.
“When I went inside the house I was met with the horrific sight of her lifeless body lying in a pool of her own blood. I took a scarf to block the blood from flowing all over the living room,” he said somberly.
By then Mogomotsi had fled the scene as neighbours flocked to the yard to discover the source of the commotion. The police were called as the young woman’s body was whisked away to hospital.
Bravely speaking to The Voice about her daughter’s untimely death, Sadie Mokala explained she was returning to the village from a Kgotla meeting when she was called by the police.
“I immediately knew something was up. I saw police cars and a lot of people at the yard where my daughter was staying with her baby father. She had two young children,” said Mokala, despair etched all over her weathered face.
“O ne a mo hatsitse sehatlego sotlhe se, her neck was barely hanging on and almost chipped. I don’t know what could have prompted this but their relationship has always had troubles. She did not deserve to die like this and leave her children so early. I am still in shock,” continued the distraught mother.
Confirming the murder, Jwaneng Station Commander, Mogotsi Thelo revealed Mogomotsi was arrested a day after the incident following an extensive search by the police