Mahalapye magistrate on Monday remanded Disang Lebakeng (20) of Sefhare in custody pending finalisation of investigations into a rape incident last week involving an American Peace Corps female volunteer.
Senior Superintendent Phenyoetsile Nnanaakoko said they arrested the suspect on Saturday in the bush between Mahalapye and Machaneng. "Most of physical evidence has been recovered. We have recovered three cellphones, an iPad and foreign currency he had stolen from the victim. He has partly disposed of the local currency. He is likely to face charges of rape and robbery," said Nnanaakoko.
The United States embassy in Botswana declined to comment on a case in which it is alleged that an American citizen was raped last week Friday in Sefhare by an ex-convict. When contacted for comment, the U.S embassy declined to comment, citing that the U.S. law prohibits the government from disclosing any information about a United States citizen without his or her permission to protect their privacy. “We have no comment on this case,” the response from the embassy read.
The matter which is being treated with caution on Botswana Police Service corridors was according to Superintendent Nnanaakoko reported to Sefhare police on Friday afternoon after the incident and was handed to Machaneng police station where investigations are apparently being conducted from.
According to Nnanaakoko the suspect, is a young man from Sefhare who to their understanding knew his victim well. He allegedly assaulted and raped the victim threatening her with a knife in the bush and fled the scene thereafter. The victim is a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Sefhare village. The Peace Corps programme was established by former American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, proclaiming it a charitable organisation designed to encourage mutual understanding between America and other countries. Rape cases are reportedly on the rise in the North Central region , in which, Sefhare village falls under. According to Nnanaakoko, a day after this particular case was reported, another case was reported in which two more ladies, who are also foreigners were raped by two unknown men in Serowe about a 100 kilometres away.