SECURITY OFFICER ACCUSED AFTER FIVE-MONTH PREGNANT WOMAN DIES
A female security guard said to offer abortion services has been dragged before the Francistown High Court on a charge of murder.
Kediemetse Sedapalo (39) of Borotsi ward in Tonota, could face a decade or more behind bars if found guilty of carrying out a fatal backyard abortion on a five-month pregnant woman.
22-year-old Tshepo Maeke died in agony a few days after she attempted to abort her unborn baby for a second time.
Witnesses called to give evidence against security guard Kediemetse Sedapalo told their chilling stories to a shocked court on Tuesday.
Malebogo Jogomane testified that her cousin Nnuku had called her asking if she knew anyone who carried out abortions.
“I told her I didn’t but would ask the girls at work. I then asked a friend whom I knew very well and she told me she knew someone in Borotsi who could help. Nnuku then asked me to take her and her friend to the person so they could get help,” Malebogo said.
The 34-year-old receptionist went on to tell the court that whilst at her friend’s place a ‘certain lady’ came and took Tshepo away.
“A few days later when I visited Nnuku, she told me Tshepo was complaining that nothing had happened after a feather was inserted in her womanhood while she had paid P400,” Malebogo added.
Another leading witness Mosetsanagape Ketlogetswe confessed before Judge Makhwade to have hand-led Tshepo to the alleged abortionist’s house for a second visit.
“At around 5pm I met a group of four people in a van. Among them there was Malebogo who asked me to take them to Kediemetse’s place.
“They said they had heard from the grapevine that Kediemetse assisted people who wished to have abortions,” said Mosetsanagape, who once worked with the accused.
She continued: “I did not know Tshepo, it was my first time to meet her. I took her to the house and when we got there I told Kediemetse I had brought her a visitor.
The two went into the house while I remained outside,” disclosed the 27-year-old dreadlocked witness.
Another witness, the deceased’s boyfriend and father of their four-year-old son, told the court that he drove his girlfriend and her friends to Borotsi.
“I dropped them off at Gorata General dealer and waited for them. On Sunday at around midnight after we came back from Borotsi, Tshepo started to complain of stomach cramps,” related Letsweletse Tshimologo.
“Writhing in pain she told me she had aborted. I asked her why she hadn’t told me all this time this is what she was doing.
On Monday morning when I left for work she (Tshepo) was shivering and still crying of pains in her stomach.
At around 12 noon she called me and asked me to take her to the clinic,” said the boyfriend who works as a driver.
On arrival at Madisakwane clinic in Tonota, Tshepo was confirmed to be 20 weeks pregnant and not two months as she had told her boyfriend.
Martha Mmusi, the nurse who checked Tshepo revealed: “She told me she was having a headache, pains in her abdomen and had missed her periods for two months.
As I examined her I realized the opening of her cervix had dilated and an unpleasant discharge of blood and water was coming out,” testified the nurse.
While being driven to the next clinic for further examination by a medical doctor, the nurse said Tshepo shouted out that something was coming out of her vagina.
“ImmediatelyI told the ambulance driver to stop so I could examine her further – only to find blood gushing and the head of a baby come out,” continued Mmusi.
“The baby was still born and I noticed the placenta was in a bad state. Two days later I learnt Tshepo had died in Nyangabgwe Referral hospital,” concluded the nurse
The case continues