Rape ac­cuser’s dodgy past

Rape ac­cuser has a his­tory of in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal con­duct ● She was charged with car theft and probed for card skim­ming and ex­tor­tion in Botswana ● She was probed charged with car theft and probed for card skim­ming and ex­tor­tion ● Ac­cuser al­legedly

African Times - - Front Page - PIET RAMPEDI

THE woman at the cen­tre of rape al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing a se­nior Limpopo govern­ment of­fi­cial has a his­tory of in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal acts back home in Botswana - in­clud­ing car theft, card skim­ming and ex­tor­tion – ac­cord­ing to sources in that coun­try.

Three in­de­pen­dent sources - her close as­so­ciate, a po­lice of­fi­cer and a busi­ness­man - told African Times this week that the mother of three from Tlok­weng has left a trail of de­struc­tion in her coun­try over the past five years.

They say mem­bers of the Se­ri­ous Crimes Of­fice Squad in Botswana have probed her for var­i­ous crimes in­clud­ing car theft, bank card skim­ming and the ex­tort­ing money from high pro­file lovers.

The 29 year-old woman, who can­not be named be­cause she and the ac­cused with­drew counter charges of rape and ex­tor­tion against each other at the Polok­wane Mag­is­trate Court be­fore their cases could be en­rolled, made a court ap­pear­ance at the Gaborone Vil­lage Mag­is­trate Court in March 2014 on a charge of car theft.

African Times has also been re­li­ably in­formed that the woman gave Limpopo po­lice a wrong sur­name and claimed she had no pass­port in a bid to con­ceal her back­ground.

This came as the Botswana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion re­leased a state­ment on Mon­day de­nounc­ing her and rub­bish­ing me­dia re­ports that she was ei­ther part of the Ze­bras’ Cosafa del­e­ga­tion or a tour­na­ment vol­un­teer.

The make-up artist’s close as­so­ci­ates say she pre­vi­ously black­mailed a prom­i­nent South African politician and MP into giv­ing her R20 000 in ex­change for her si­lence - af­ter she had threat­ened to tell his wife about their one night stand at a top ho­tel in Jo­han­nes­burg.

She had al­legedly claimed to be preg­nant and de­manded the money to ter­mi­nate the sup­posed preg­nancy – a de­mand the man had re­fused to ac­cede to.

Sources say the woman is part of a group that tar­gets prom­i­nent politi­cians, busi­ness peo­ple and other high pro­file in­di­vid­u­als at ho­tels around O.R Tambo Air­port with a view to pro­fess­ing their love be­fore ex­tort­ing money or rob­bing them of their per­sonal be­long­ings.

They say she has been liv­ing in SA since 2002 but re­turns back home ev­ery three months to re­new her tem­po­rary res­i­dence per­mit.

“She has got a small make up busi­ness which is a front. She is fraud­u­lent and a crook. She has got Nige­ri­ans that she works with and she mostly tar­gets ANC big shots. She goes to events where she would you find these peo­ple, pick one and do what­ever she can,” says her Botswana-based as­so­ciate.

“She nor­mally goes to places like ho­tels around the air­port where you meet all these peo­ple from po­lit­i­cal par­ties, who are there on busi­ness, busi­ness peo­ple on busi­ness mis­sions. So, she once met this guy and went with him to his ho­tel room and later dis­ap­peared with two of his bank cards from FNB and an Ipad. She went to her Nige­ri­ans and they took all the money from that guy’s bank ac­counts. And when she was later caught the same Nige­rian came and paid bail for her.”

The friend says the woman ex­torted R20 000 from the op­po­si­tion MP, whose name is known to African Times.

“Af­ter one night of pas­sion she later black­mailed [him] that she is preg­nant and she needs money for abor­tion and if she doesn’t get money for abor­tion she is go­ing to con­tact [his] wife. [He] then created a bank ac­count and de­posited R20 000 in it and then he gave her the card at O.R Tambo.”

An­other source says the woman was once ar­rested for car theft in Botswana.

“She does card skim­ming. She has got a case here in Botswana where she stole a car and fled to South Africa, and they man­aged to get the car to cross the bor­der with­out fol­low­ing proper pro­ce­dures. The car was later found. The po­lice here had to go and get the car from OR Tambo.

A mem­ber of the Se­ri­ous Crimes Of­fice Squad, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he is not al­lowed to speak to the me­dia, con­firmed that the woman was reg­u­larly found on the wrong side of the law.

“I don’t know of any case of rape that she has re­ported that side. Just that she was in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion, and tak­ing cars un­law­fully form the guys she was hang­ing [up] with,” says the po­lice of­fi­cer.

On Tues­day, the woman con­ceded to the car theft charge but de­nied in­volve­ment in other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. She says she and her friend, Gagore­sepe Mothupi did not steal but merely crossed the bor­der with a rented car spent ex­tra two weeks in Jo­han­nes­burg with­out per­mis­sion.

“The al­le­ga­tion of the car is true, that’s the only in­for­ma­tion I be­lieve the po­lice can tell you which is true. That per­son opened a case and I wasn’t the only one. I was with my friend. When he opened the case he said we had stolen the car and did not hire it. Im­me­di­ately the same day it was sorted out. He said he wanted noth­ing but his car and money for ser­vice. We dis­cussed it at the po­lice sta­tion and they gave us a court date to fi­nalise the case,” she says.

The woman de­nies she black­mailed an MP and even­tu­ally ex­torted R20 000 from him, say­ing “I don’t know that per­son. You can ask him”.

She also dis­misses claims that she and Nige­rian as­so­ci­ates once robbed an­other of her lover of his bank cards and cleaned his ac­counts.

The mother of three de­scribed her­self as a “hus­tler”, “funlov­ing” and law abid­ing ci­ti­zen who hap­pened to have wealth­ier friends.

“I know many peo­ple with money; Joburg, Polok­wane and other places. I know so many peo­ple. Why am I not ex­tort­ing them of their money?” she asked.

“I have other boyfriends. Why am I not ex­tort­ing money from them? I know the likes of Jossey from EFF. When I am in Polok­wane, I hang out with them. He is even my ex. Why have I not de­manded money from him? Why him? I don’t even know what ex­tor­tion means? It’s a per­son who threat­ens you that he or she wants money. It’s a threat. Where is the proof that I threat­ened him and where? Women won’t be able to re­port cases of rape again be­cause of ar­ro­gant peo­ple like him.”

She says she de­cided to with­draw the rape charges be­cause she wanted to be re­leased from jail as she had “the trauma of be­ing in­side the po­lice cells”. How­ever, the rape ac­cuser did not pay her any cent.

“If I had re­ceived any­thing out of this, I would keep quiet and move on with life. I got noth­ing ex­cept to be drink­ing pills and ow­ing lawyers,” she says.

Asked whether or not she is pur­su­ing the mat­ter, the woman replied: “Not re­ally! It will de­pend on my lawyers. They have ad­vised me to re­lax and see what hap­pens, and take it from there. Who­ever throws the ball we will see how to catch it.”

She de­nies that she gave the po­lice a wrong sur­name – Mon­amodi - say­ing it was her new hus­band’s sur­name.

How­ever, she would not say who her hus­band is and whether are in a civil or tra­di­tional mar­riage.

“We have been mar­ried for a cou­ple of months. Let’s not talk about my mar­riage,” she says.

The woman says our sources are jeal­ous friends who are out to de­stroy her be­cause they can’t stom­ach her suc­cess­ful make up busi­ness and ex­pen­sive life­style.

The rape ac­cused says has blamed his or­deal on un­named politi­cians in Limpopo.

“I opened a case, and she then opened an­other one. But we later agreed to with­draw the cases. I can con­firm that there are quite a num­ber of peo­ple in­volved. Some of them are politi­cians. It’s very strange as to what is their in­ter­est in the whole mat­ter. But at a later stage, and at the right time, I will be able to come out and talk openly,” he says.

The man dis­missed ru­mours that he was in­volved in a sim­i­lar case in the past as ma­li­cious and base­less. Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Bakale, spokesper­son for Botswana’ Se­ri­ous Crimes Of­fice promised to com­ment af­ter check­ing the cases. He had yet to re­spond by the time we went to print.

Photo: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/Vis­ual Buzz SA.

DIS­AP­POINTED: The rape ac­cuser’s lawyer Tumi Mok­wena says the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem has let her down.

Photo: sup­plied.

DODGY: The Motswana woman who ac­cused a se­nior Limpopo govern­ment of rape has been linked to pre­vi­ous cases of car theft, ex­tor­tion and card skim­ming.

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