TKZee star faces legal guns of Gaborone

Published Apr 25, 2002

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By Lekopanye Mooketsi and Themba wa Sepotokele

Kwaito star Tokollo Tshabalala, of TKZee, might stand trial in Botswana for the deaths of two people in a car accident.

Superintendent Solomon Mantswe, of Botswana, said on Thursday that police would ask Botswana's attorney-general to ask him to apply for Tshabalala's extradition from South Africa.

Tshabalala was involved in a car accident that claimed two lives last year as he drove with friends outside Gaborone.

Police said a convertible German luxury car that Tshabalala was driving smashed into an oncoming sedan driven by a local woman as Tshabalala overtook another vehicle. The woman died instantly.

A South African in the car with Tshabalala also died. Tshabalala sustained head injuries. He was admitted to a Gaborone hospital and later transferred to South Africa.

It is alleged that Tshabalala disregarded a police instruction to stop, and that the car he was driving did not display number plates.

Attempts to obtain comment from Tshabalala were unsuccessful on Thursday. The musician was understood to be recording a solo album.

Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said his department would check with the Botswana authorities on the extradition request.

According to Paul Setsetse, spokesperson for Justice Minister Penuell Maduna, the government would check whether such a request complied with the Extradition Act.

"If we receive it, we will check whether it meets the conditions of our Extradition Act, being that the application is accompanied by a warrant of arrest, a clear charge sheet, and in addition the possible penalty carried by the offence for which the suspect is wanted," he said.

Setsetse added that if the charge carried the death sentence, South Africa would not agree to an extradition without assurances that Botswana would not seek to impose that sentence.

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