Demands justice for his battered 4-5
Lying in hospital, legs bound by chains, his right arm cuffed to his bed, 32-year-old Mpho Maitshoko is a sorry sight.
He cannot pass urine and tubes inserted just above his pubic area to help the liquid out of his body keep blocking.
“The doctor has removed it and is yet to replace it. Now the urine has created its passage through the hole where the tube was. I am always lying on wet bedding,” the bare-chested man complained when Okavango Voice met up with him on Wednesday afternoon, the stale stench of urine thick in the air.
Maitshoko is one of the suspects in a murder case in which a male police officer was brutally butchered with an axe back in December. A female officer was also seriously injured in the incident, which occurred near Palapye.
Allegedly, Maitshoko and two others had escaped from police custody and stole a car in Maun’s Thito ward before heading for Gaborone.
Along the way, somewhere outside Palapye, they encountered a police roadblock. It is then that the trio allegedly launched their deadly attack.
When the three men were eventually apprehended, Maitshoko claims officers gave him such a beating that by the time he reached the police station he was ‘bleeding from his penis like a woman on her menstrual period’.
“I was terribly injured during the arrest. The police and soldiers kicked me. Maybe it was because I am the eldest among the three and tall, they thought I was the ringleader. They brutalized me more.”
According to Maitshoko, despite his battered state, he was made to spend the night in the police cells. When he was taken for medical care the following day, it was discovered that the clotted blood had caused him internal damage.
Maitshoko and his co-accused are yet to appear before court for trial. He specifically has not been showing up for the mention, either in Maun for the stolen car or Palapye for the murder case.
He blames his no-shows on his injuries and is pleading for an attorney willing to help him get bail so that he can await trial from his home.
“In this state, there is nowhere I can run!”
Maitshoko’s elder sister, 34-year-old Thato Maitshoko, who is his main caregiver and has been helping clean him up at the hospital, revealed the family has no money to pay legal fees.
“The only thing we can do is to sell his residential plot to try cover the costs as he has requested. But it may take long to do that,” she said.
The single mother-of-five says she has taken the role of her mother in her family since their parents passed away in 2006 and 2008.
“I am not proud of what he has allegedly done but he still is my brother and I am worried about his health. The police should have allowed the law to take its course,” maintained Thato, gazing sadly at her younger brother as he grimaces in pain.