Botswana FA dis­tances it­self from rape ac­cuser

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PIET RAMPEDI

THE Botswana Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has dis­tanced it­self from the woman who ac­cused a prom­i­nent Limpopo govern­ment of­fi­cial of rape.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Mfolo E. Mfolo said on Mon­day that the rape had noth­ing to do with them and the Botswana soccer na­tional team, the Ze­bras.

This came af­ter me­dia re­ports over the week­end al­leged that the make-up artist was part of the Ze­bras’ Cosafa del­e­ga­tion and also a vol­un­teer to the tour­na­ment.

Mfolo said while his as­so­ci­a­tion did not con­done any form of abuse or vi­o­lence car­ried out against women, it had noted with con­cern re­ports of a Motswana woman who was said to have been raped at the tour­na­ment.

“The afore­said woman is ru­moured to be a back­room staff and a vol­un­teer from Botswana. Let it be on record that the Ze­bras does not have any back­room staff mem­ber who is fe­male and we have not re­ceived any re­port of any of its fe­male del­e­ga­tion who has been raped. We would like to dis­tance the team from these al­le­ga­tions,” read the state­ment.

“The only fe­male per­son­nel as­so­ci­ated with the Ze­bras is the me­dia li­ai­son who is safe and con­tin­ues to en­joy good health.”

Mfolo added that in an ef­fort to em­power lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, the Cosafa or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­tee gets vol­un­teers from the host coun­try.

“Hence­forth we de­nounce the in­di­vid­ual al­leg­ing to have been raped as hav­ing an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity from Botswana.”

The woman con­firmed to African Times that she was nei­ther part of the Ze­bras’ del­e­ga­tion nor a Botswana vol­un­teer to the tour­na­ment.

She said she came to the games to as­sist one of the ser­vice providers who ren­dered make up ser­vices.

“That’s not true. I am a makeup artist. So, there was a lady from Su­per­sport who was do­ing a mag­a­zine [show]. And I am freelancer. She needed me to do make up for peo­ple she was there to in­ter­view to com­pile a mag­a­zine,” She said.

“Even mem­bers of the Botswana Foot­ball fed­er­a­tion came to the po­lice sta­tion to see me. They said they heard I was from Botswana and I told them I was not part of their del­e­ga­tion. They said okay. I was not trav­el­ling with them.”

The make-up artist said she was based in Joburg.Her friend in Botswana de­scribed the rape ac­cuser as a smart woman.

“She is very smart. She is very in­tel­li­gent,” said the as­so­ciate.

Photo: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/Vis­ual Buzz SA.

MO­MENT OF TRUTH: Friends and col­leagues of the Limpopo of­fi­cial ac­cused of rape came in full force to sup­port him at the Polok­wane Mag­is­trate Court.

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