BOTSWANA GOVT. SAID TO BE REVIEWING ORDER TO DEPORT ZIM SHOOTING VICTIM
It seems the Botswana Government has decided to temper justice with mercy by allowing Gift Ncube, 23, to remain in the country until his case comes to court.
Gift, an illegal migrant who lost both arms after he was shot by his Motswana employer over a salary dispute, was deported but turned back at the Zimbabwean border two weeks ago.
Although no official comment has been made the apparent change of heart came to light after Nametso Nkarabang, the Good Samaritan who offered to accommodate him, said government officials had contacted her regarding his stay in the country.
“A delegation of officers from various departments, including the police and the immigration came to my house to assess the place.
They also visited my parents’ house.” Nkarabng said.
The visit according to the self-employed mother was partly to establish how she was going assist Gift and determine the role she would play in helping him.
Nkarabang, an avid reader of The Voice said she wanted to help Gift after seeing his touching story in the paper.
She has offered to accommodate Gift, his Motswana girlfriend and the couple’s four-year-old son until his case is finalized.
The mother of one from Mogoditshane was optimistic that the authorities would withdraw the deportation order.
She said: “I am not a rich person but a compassionate fellow African. I just found it fitting to help for as long as the government was willing to let him remain in the country.”
Gift’s girl friend Linah Lethogela, 26, also said she was prepared to look after her man.
“He is now my responsibility and there was no way I can neglect him especially as he is the father of my son.
I am also very thankful to the woman who is willing to accommodate us,” she said.
Speaking to The Voice, Gift who is currently being kept at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown, thanked the government of Botswana for showing compassion, although he has had no official notice of their decision.
“Truly speaking I don’t blame the government because they are not the ones who crippled me.
I understand that I came to Botswana illegally, which is a crime.
“All I want is to remain in the country at least until the man who shot me is brought to court.
That someone is willing to look after me is a tremendous act of kindness, more especially as it may be the reason why I might be allowed to remain here,” he said.
Life at Nyangabwe hospital is also proving difficult for Gift who is unable to feed, dress or go to the toilet without assistance.
“Some people are just thinking that I am burden.
Recently I had to spend three hours stuck in the toilet after a male nurse locked me inside and disappeared.
If it wasn’t for the food and other items The Voice is helping me with I would be in a desperate position,” he added.
On Wednesday Tatitown Court President Margaret Mosojane, who visited Gift in hospital, said the tragedy that had befallen the young man had put to the test the human capacity to love.
“One of our Vision 2016 pillars states that Botswana aspires to be a compassionate and caring nation.
This case challenges us to rise and courageously act to support this pillar.
“It takes the ability not only to yield but also to bend if necessary man made laws in order to answer God’s call to treat another human being as one would want to be treated,” the Court President said.
On Wednesday neither the Botswana Government nor the Zimbabwe Embassy were prepared to make an official statement on the matter despite a questionnaire that has sent to them two weeks ago.
Gift’s story, which has exclusively been reported by The Voice since the shooting incident last November, has made headlines around the world