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Witness irks Tokollo's family

By unknown | Feb 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

A tale of anger, humility and hope is unfolding in a Gaborone, Botswana, court where kwaito star Tokollo "Magesh" Tshabalala is fighting to stay out of that country's prison.

While the former member of TKZee hopes village magistrate Lot Moroka will set him free, his family is angry with his friend Bissau Gaobakwe, a state witness.

Yesterday they accused him of lying after he gave evidence in court where Tshabalala is facing two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, the equivalent of culpable homicide in South Africa. Conviction may mean a life sentence.

In an out-of-court drama his family said some of the facts that Gaobakwe gave in his evidence were wrong and tainted the image of the family.

"Why would Gaobakwe say he saved Tokollo's life and claim he did not appreciate the gesture?" said Popo Tshabalala, Tokollo's mother.

Gaobakwe and Tshabalala met for the first time on the day before the accident in 2001 to discuss a business partnership. Former Bafana Bafana coach and the music star's father Stanley "Screamer" Tshabalala, said his son's fate was in the hands of the magistrate and the family was waiting with anticipation.


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