A vegetable thief recently cheated death when he was hit by a minibus as he tried to run away from his victim.
24-year-old Kefentse Madidimala from Monarch in Francistown survived the accident which could have cost him dear life over vegetables.
An eye witness told The Voice that Madidimala went into a certain home in Monarch and stole a packet of tomatoes, onions and mophane worms.
Relating an incident which almost cost Madidimala his life, Olorato Matenje said the man stole vegetables last Thursday evening around 7pm.
“I was seated at the veranda having supper when this half-naked man entered my yard,” said Matenje.
She said Madidimala was wearing shorts without a top. She said she never suspected anything sinister when Madidimala entered her home.
“I have been praying that the people who have been stealing from me should face the consequences for their criminal activities.
And on that day, God answered my prayers,” said Matenje.
She said after noticing that Madidimala was heading for the gate without paying, she stood and asked why he did not pay.
“He then ran away and bumped into a moving minibus,” she said.
In no time, she said, the crowds had gathered at the scene. Matenje said some members of the public identified Madidimala as a habitual criminal in the neighbourhood.
Most residents remained optimistic that the incident will serve as a lesson to him and other criminals
Approached for a comment, Madidimala denied stealing from Matenje but admitted having an accident.
“I was just crossing the road. People in Monarch like lying. I did not steal from anyone,” said Madidimala.
He said he was hit by the minibus because he was drunk.