Family readies to bury One Motlhabakgomo

29 Nov 2023

 Family readies to bury One Motlhabakgomo

The family of 19-year-old One Motlhabakgomo is still struggling to come to terms with the gruesome death of their daughter.

Ms Motlhabakgomo, who hailed from Lekgwapheng ward in Molepolole, was found dead on November 27. She was allegedly buried in a shallow grave at Ga-Tlhoka ward.

The discovery of her remains put an end to a two-week search after Ms Motlhabakgomo was reported to be missing since November 15.

Family member, Mr Mathata Bakwadi, said in an interview today that the family was preparing for a funeral probably on December 1 since they were advised to bury the remains in two days.

He expressed disappointment that the social media published insensitive information about their child without first confirming with the family.

 He said spreading such information was not only inhumane, but disrespectful to the family.

Furthermore, Mr Bakwadi said the family was saddened by the tragic loss, adding the deceased was a first born from a family of three.

For his part, Ms Motlhabakgomo’s uncle, Mr Moshika Ratsoko, said the family was informed of a saddening discovery by some residents of Ga-Tlhoka ward who saw a suspicious shallow hole infested by flies. 

He said there seemed to be a deliberate concealment of the hole since it was covered with old ceiling boards and shrubs.

The police were then notified of the suspicious discovery.

Mr Ratsoko said the family and the police went to the site where upon inspection, they arrived at a conclusion that the contents of the shallow grave could be human remains. 

Since it was late in the evening, he said it was then decided that the site should be guarded by a family member accompanied by law enforcement officers until the next morning November 28 to allow for further investigation protocols.

After some investigations were carried out, the corpse was removed and taken to Scottish Livingston Hospital mortuary where a post-mortem was carried out.

The family later confirmed that the body was that of their missing child.  At the moment. Mr Ratsoko said, the body was still at the mortuary to allow for investigations to conclude.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Near Bagali said in an interview that the police would issue out a statement in due course with regards to this matter.  Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Lindi Morwaeng

Location : Molepolole

Event : Interview

Date : 29 Nov 2023