• ZCC elders in court following a fight during a sacred ritual ceremony
  • DIS agent would not give evidence though he was there
File picture: ZCC in Botswana

ZION Christian Church (ZCC) ritual ceremony known as Pheto ya Ditaela turned ugly when senior members of the church fought over Taela, a concoction of tea, milk, cooking oil and other substances.
This surfaced this week at Extension II Magistrate Court when Pontsho Simon a member of the church appeared for causing grievous bodily harm to Zaphania Kaiporo.
When giving evidence, Kaiporo told the court that he was left with a fractured hand after attending the ritual ceremony one night of February 2008.
He said when he arrived at the sacred place, a bushy area in Tlokweng where the ritual was being held, he was instructed to go and draw water from a nearby pond with others.
It was during the preparation of the mixture that he asked Simon why he was standing next to the concoction that was on fire.
Kaiporo said he asked the accused because he had not been attending church services and thus was not fi t to prepare the drink.
The accused then felt emotional and warned him to keep quiet.
“Suddenly, he charged at me like a wounded buffalo striking me with a log that he had pulled from the fire. When he attempted to strike me again others intervened and stopped him,” Kaiporo told the court.
His hand was then fractured during the attack.
A witness to the fi ght, Ompatile Bose reiterated that the fi ght started after Kaiporo asked the accused why he was part of the group that was preparing the concoction.
Bose said Simon got angry but Kaiporo asked for forgiveness after realizing that his question had not gone down well with him.
The Directorate of Public Prosecution informed the court that one of the witnesses was a member of Directorate of Intelligence Service (DIS) who was not allowed to give evidence in court due to sensitivity of his job.


  1. jaanong re tla tshabela kae fa go dira lona bare lo tshepileng ka diphodiso without paying,god help botswana,

  2. Nna ke ne kele teng borre bane ba dirile sepeiti jaanong go ngangiwa gore a se tshelwe fish oil kgotsa nnya.ntwa e simolotse gone fa.

  3. ke jone boitsholo jwa bakereki ba sesha, nna ebile ke tshaba le go tsena kereke bokeresete bo tsamaile le JESU gompieno ke boitimokanyi fela

  4. Yo ke ene mokereki tota. oka lofa mo go kana a bo a boa a tla go itaya batho?
    O ne a itshupa ka fa a welang teng.

  5. So what..I think the Voice needs change of staff..big bore indeed..we need news not sam imaginary counter faked thoughts ..

  6. Once again,ke a ipoeletsa. The Voice come up with something brilliant,mo ke dilo di sele klaar…

  7. dikereke tsa seoni tsa mo Botswana go tetse boitimokanye le go lwela maemo le molaonyana o e seng one.people stop wat ur doin le diga kereke e seriti

  8. the voice! a lone lo sena se lo ka sekwalang? gongwe lware re ka kgeloga mo kerekeng e. le go ka! kwalang gape ka se sengwe setori sa bomatla…its your core busines go diga batho seriti.

  9. i like this churh so much and i dont feel well when it is accused of such nonsense,may u guys try to be polite with other people”s church,everyone hv the right to follow the church of his own,so those who go to churh for funny lets them not spoil the place of god,in god we trust,JOHN 14:1

  10. stupid kante bo the voice ba kgatlhiwa ke eng ka dikgangnyana tsa bomatla…mosadi o tshodisitswe ngwana ke noga…and all this silly stories./….mxem wat a boring paper

  11. o itiela nako wena o tlhoileng sione ka gore yone e gola tsatsi le letsatsi. THE VOICE tlogelang maaka sissssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Gatwe batho bae kae jaanong fa leko dikerekeng gole dintwa jaanong.Lets make sure we act like christians and are leseng go goga maina a dikereke mo seretseng,reta sokolola batho jang golwa rona mo dikerekeng.

  13. Leina Simon yo a leng mo bible, ke mokeresete yo o senang boitshwarelo mo pelong ga ise a pholosiwe mo moweng fa botho a bona gore ga ago buisa sentle a ikoba mo go kana kana then u attack the person o kgakala le bo sion, tota le gale tumelo yone e thata. itseng gore re dira boleo evryday mme modimo yo re o sa o direleng sepe yoo, o re itshwarela tsatsi le letsatsi fa o kgopela tshwarelo.

  14. ga ba kake ba tlhoka go lwa,do u know the chemical reaction in that concoction gongwe bane ba tagilwe ke yone tee ya teng.wa dis ene le mo tsenyeng sepeiti.

  15. think of sumthing else to chart abt if you want to be in the news papers.stop bouring us PLEASE zzzzzzzzz.