JAILED: Katija-Tjihambuma

JAILED: Katija-Tjihambuma

A teenager who snatched a wallet containing more than P10 000 from a tourist was this week sentenced to two years in jail.

19- year-old Kajita Tjihambuma who was arrested and beaten by a mob before he was handed over to the police to face a theft charge expressed shock at the stiff sentence which was handed down by Magistrate Clifford Foroma.

The court was told that Tjihambuma from Mabudutsa ward in Maun snatched a tourist wallet at Markus Complex in Boseja ward while the tourist was shopping for horse paddles.

Tjihambuma snatched the wallet from the counter and bolted but he  couldn’t get away as people who were nearby gave chase, caught and beat him until patrolling officers came to his rescue.

Before passing his sentence, Magistrate Foroma said that theft was a serious offence and that the numbers of people appearing before him for the offence kept increasing.

“Ngamiland is a tourist destination and many of you thieves target tourists because you know that you will go free once they go back to their countries,” he said before passing the two year jail sentence and suspending one year for three years on condition that Tjihambuma did not commit a similar offence during that period.

After the sentencing the shocked lad was heard murmuring that being whipped would have been better since he was a first offender.

He also noted that since he saved the court time by pleading guilty, the magistrate should have been a bit more lenient.

He was immediately handcuffed and made to wait for prison vehicle outside court where all eyes were on him.


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  • phomphoko
    February 1, 2013, 9:44 pm

    heish sorry nfe2 molao ao reetse ao setse o harassa di tourist aker wa itse gore after diamonds our economy is relying on tourisim so ota re tshosetsa bajanala mona 2 years wa prison ke 18 mnths be strong

  • bots
    February 4, 2013, 9:51 am

    A ba reeditse boora domkrag, a ba leke go tlhwafalela job creation coz ke yone e tsalang poverty.
    batho ba ba berekang especially politics like the say “banana ba itlhamele ditiro”. a ba tlogele ditiro tsa bone ba ye go tlhama ba tle ba re hire, motho a lese go nna are re palelwa ko go tlhama dikgwebo ene a le mo ofisisng a hirilwe a sa tlhama tiro a sutela ba ba sa berekeng….next thing its the slavery internship..re santse re tsile go utswa waitse.

  • king julian
    February 4, 2013, 3:42 pm

    go to prison that is where u belong. u want to steal someones hard worked money just like that.i would have killed u if i was around, lucky you.

  • Mose
    February 4, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Heelang! A motho yo are thupa e botoka! Nnyaa rra tsamaya bajanala batle ba reke ka tshosologo.

  • koketso wa motswapong
    February 5, 2013, 3:16 pm

    ba ke baba sa utlwelweng botlhoko
    go rot in prison may b otlaata o latlhile


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