An adulterous man recently found out the hard way that having sex with a married woman is expensive when Jwaneng customary court fined him 12 cattle for the offence.
Claiming ignorance of her girlfriend’s marital status could not save Sekgopi Chere, 39, from the stiff sentence as the village court reduced the 20 cattle initially demanded by the woman’s husband to 12.
“It is true that I was having a relationship with the woman but I did not know that she was married,” Chere told the court on Tuesday before his claims were dismissed.
The aggrieved husband, Julius Sekalaba (50), said on the day that he caught his wife, Phemelo naked in bed with Chere when he arrived at their house in Jwaneng unannounced to collect receipts for their children’s clothes which they had paid a deposit for and left in a shop.
“My wife had told me that she was too busy to join me and the kids at Mmathethe on the weekend of 16 December last year and in the morning I set off for Jwaneng where I found her sleeping with Chere,” Sekalaba said.
He let himself into the bedroom where the two lovers were sleeping, locked the door and took Chere’s clothes, shoes, wallet, cellphones and condoms as evidence.
“When I called the police they told me to find an independent witness and I did before I went to the police station where they advised me to lodge a complaint at the customary court which I did the following week.”
Chere failed to show up for the case on February 5 as scheduled and in the meantime he reported the aggrieved husband for confiscating his items.
“I was surprised when the Jwaneng police phoned me on February 8th telling me that I had been reported by Chere. I told them that he was a wanted man and they confirmed with court officials who followed him at he police station and served him with summons,” Sekalaba said.