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The trial for a case in which North West District former Council Chairman, Kebareeditse Ntsogotho and his seven co-accused were charged for poaching a buffalo is set to commence next year in June.
Ntsogotho and his co-accused being Sisco Ntsogotho, Keotshephile July, Kejisitswe Motsamai, Costa Chedao, Paul Mothathobi and Balebeng Stone John who are out on bail have pleaded not guilty for a single count of hunting a buffalo without a license.
According to the charge sheet, the accused persons are alleged to have on the 10th May 2020 acted jointly in poaching and killing a buffalo near Khwai.
The Khwai/Mababe councillor and his co-accused were charged for poaching a month after he was gored by a charging buffalo, an incident in which he sustained serious injuries. He is reported to have only regained conscious at the hospital hours later. The same buffalo that left him for dead is the one they are accused to have killed without a license.
The accused persons recently appeared before Maun Principal Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu where both prosecution and defence agreed to the 5th and 6th June as dates for commencement of trial.
The case, which had been dragging since 2020 began making progress this year after prosecution secured a Sesarwa interpreter. This is after one of the accused person told court that he prefers using Sesarwa language during court proceedings.