As court seeks missing traditional doctor
A police constable admitted he bungled in the strange case of a traditional doctor, his magic bowl and a family at war over a disputed gas cylinder. This comes after Mogoditshane Customary Court withdrew charges laid against 59-year-old Lebibie Mbaembae of damage to property after she hired a traditional doctor to locate her missing gas cylinder.
The cylinder was found at the home of a relative Maophana Mbaembae, 48, who reported aunt Lebibie to the police maintaining that she had destroyed her stove when she came to take the disputed property.
Paul Keitholetse, 39, is the traditional doctor who made headlines a month back after claiming he used a magic bowl to trace stolen goods. Last week the case was thrown out of court after investigating officer Constable Abel Tlhowe of Mogoditshane Police pleaded with the court to withdraw charges against Lebibie.
“The charges laid against her should have been directed to the traditional doctor as he is the one who went to take the cylinder,” said Tlhowe to the amusement of the packed court. He pleaded with the Presiding Officer, Alfred Dihutso to forgive him for the mix up.
Dihutso then warned Public Prosecutor Constable Solomon Kasaka to bring capable investigators to his court, as he did not have time to play. “Please don’t bring recruits from college who fail to do enough investigations. Next time come with competent investigators,” warned the Presiding Officer.
The court was forced to withdraw the charges and asked the police to go and bring the traditional doctor since he was the one responsible. When contacted for comment about the court’s decision, Keitholetse said that he was not aware that the police were looking for him. He stressed that he was not going to appear before court as he had committed no offence but was merely using powers from God.
The disputed gas cylinder will remain in police custody pending further investigations.