A Maun based Prison Warder faces a possible jail term after he faked his mother and aunt’s deaths in order to claim bereavement money from the Prison Burial Society.
28-year old Goitse Sekwapa, who had travelled to Gaborone for the processing of the payment was nabbed before he could lay his hands on the money after two cheques of P5 000.00 each were blocked by the bank.
Acting Station Commander for Maun police station, Superintendent Neo Serumola confirmed the incident and explained that the suspect was arrested in Gaborone.
“One of the employees became suspicious of the authenticity of the documents and the suspect was then arrested and detained at the Broadhurst police stations as investigations into the matter got underway,” he said.
It is alleged that on Thursday last week Kwapa approached his boss, Superintendent Uthandi Katse, in Maun and told him that his mother and aunt had died. Upon seeing stamped death certificates, Katse is said to have informed the Prison Burial Society as well as the Officer in Charge, Senior Superintendent Mogogoma about Kwapa’s situation.
The matter is said to have later come to a head when the suspicious officer in charge phoned Kwapa’s mother for confirmation only to get the shocking response from the old woman who answered the phone and confirmed that she, together with the aunt, were actually alive and well.
By the time Senior Supt. Mogogoma tried to get the burial society to halt the processing of the payment the two cheques had already been processed but he managed to get Barclays Bank to block them.