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Botho wants jus­tice for women who are vic­tims of rape.

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ASA box­ing champ Tladi (Solomon Se­bothma) is in a bad place fol­low­ing his ar­rest in mid-July for rape. He’s still in jail, he’s been dropped by his spon­sors and worse is on the way at the gym. ASA owner Jus­tice’s (Saint Se­seli) daugh­ter Botho (Moliehli Makobane) has taken a stand against rapists and it’s go­ing to up­set Tladi on Mon­day 24 July be­cause “she’s al­ready judged him with­out hear­ing his side of the story,” sug­gests the ac­tress.

TAK­ING CHARGE

“It hurts Tladi that Botho goes through with her cam­paign,” ex­plains Moliehli. “Tladi has spent a great deal of time try­ing to con­vince ev­ery­one that he is not guilty, that he did not rape Pula (Bokang Phe­lane) and that she’s ly­ing about their night to­gether.” Pula re­ported the sex­ual as­sault to the po­lice but Tladi can’t re­mem­ber any­thing about their night of par­ty­ing. “And it has af­fected his ca­reer,” adds Moliehli. “Tladi’s fu­ture is on the line and he could be kicked out of the gym for this, even if he’s in­no­cent.”

The ac­tress adds that Botho feels bad for Tladi on Tues­day 25 July, know­ing that he was ar­rested for some­thing he may not have done. “She’s a per­son of morals and wants the right thing to be done. Botho is tak­ing the cam­paign se­ri­ously and does her best to keep the ASA and those as­so­ci­ated with the gym out of her cam­paign,” says Moliehli.

BARK­ING UP THE WRONG TREE

But Botho’s plans back­fire on Mon­day 31 July when Tladi’s mother and gym man­ager Mmamosa (So­nia Mbele) gets wind of the anti-rape cam­paign. “Mmamosa wants to pro­tect her son, but at the same time she doesn’t want to be as­so­ci­ated with a rapist.” Botho is equally con­flicted – her emo­tions take over and she re­alises that she’s been bury­ing her feel­ings for Tladi. “She likes him and she doesn’t want to at­tack him for be­ing a rapist, espe­cially be­cause it’s still just an ac­cu­sa­tion at the mo­ment,” says Moliehli. Botho wants to raise aware­ness of vi­o­lence against women and make women aware of how they can pro­tect them­selves from rapists. Moliehli adds that “no­body in Botho’s im­me­di­ate cir­cle of friends was will­ing to take a stand, so she did. It’s not go­ing well though – Jus­tice will have a lot to say to her and Tladi may never speak to her again…”

Botho is proud of standing up against sex­ual about… …but she know that Tladi may be in­no­cent.

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