Wanted man killed in SA police raid

Bame Piet

Zwichanaka Gore Dabie, a man wanted in the murder of Oodi woman- Thato Meswele, in 2015, was reportedly killed in a police raid in Johannesburg, South Africa over the Easter Holidays.

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The 43-year-old Dabie was the third accused person in the ongoing murder trial at the Gaborone High Court where Ernest Legwale and Hamadi Mkhuha are prime suspects in the infamous murder.

Thato was allegedly mistaken for her elder sister, Dimpho Meswele, who at the time was going through a divorce process with her husband, Ernest Legwale.

Dabie and Mkhuha are said to have been hired by Legwale to kill his wife, but the duo stabbed the wrong target before fleeing the scene.

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Dabie who was later arrested in South Africa for other offences escaped from South African police custody early this year as he was about to be extradited to Botswana to face murder charges.

While our sources in the Botswana Police Service have confirmed Dabie’s death, and that preparations are underway to repatriate his body, Police Spokesperson Dipheko Motube was reluctant to shed any information on the matter, referring our enquiries to South African police.

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“I am not aware of the killing because the said incident did not happen in the country. However, I can only advise you to contact South African Police who are handling the matter to give you the details,” he said.

A relative known to this publication could not confirm or deny the incident saying he was in a meeting.

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Meswele, Legwale and Mkhuha were scheduled to take the stand on May 24th , 25th and 26th when the trial resumes at the Gaborone High Court.

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