Two Women Die Following Attempted Abortion


Two women aged 29 and 27 from Gani village are reported to have lost their lives after allegedly drinking a traditional concoction in attempt to terminate pregnancies.

According to Shakawe Acting Station Commander Superintendent Ogolotse Tampa, the two reportedly drank the concoction on the 11th June but on the following day they experienced severe stomach pain and were rushed to Gani Clinic for medical attention. 

Later on the 18th, the duo are said to have experienced more pains and worse than before and they were taken to JP Kavindama Hospital where they were referred to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital in Maun. 

Tampa said upon arrival in Maun, the 29-year-old was further referred to Princes Marina Hospital. “On the 20th June both women were reported to have lost their lives at Letsholathebe and Marina respectively,” Tampa revealed.

The police boss said investigations on the matter are still ongoing as they are still awaiting a post mortem report to determine the exact cause of death as well as the name of the tree that was used for the medicine. Tampa has since advised members of the public against attempting abortions by themselves and also using traditional medicines for such acts.

Meanwhile Shakawe police are also investigating a case in which a 39 year man is alleged to have sexually abused his 14 year old stepdaughter.

According to Tampa, the victim reported that the suspect has been raping her since January this year and the last time he did it was this past Sunday (18th). This is when the victim decided to report him to her teacher at school and the case was reported to the police.

The suspect was subsequently arrested but was this past Tuesday released on bail as investigations on the matter are still ongoing. Tampa indicated that they are still awaiting forensic report that will determine the fate of the case.

According to Tampa, the form 3 student alleges that while abusing her, the suspect warned her not to tell her mother about the abuse or else their marriage will be jeopardised. That as it may, Tampa revealed that since January this year they have already recorded 22 rape cases in which most of the victims are aged 18 and school going.


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