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Son of veteran unionist murdered

Son of veteran unionist murdered
January 22
09:49 2018
  • Lecturer has characterised Radibe’s son as “the best person I have ever met”


The son of veteran trade union boss, Japhta Radibe, was found murdered in a roadside knifing near Molapo Crossing last week.

Bonolo Radibe was stabbed to death close to a bus stop exactly two months before his 29th birthday.

It is suspected that he was waiting for public transport to his rented accommodation at Tsholofelo in Boadhurst.

He was found lying by the roadside on January 17.

Radibe was said to have been accosted by two men who robbed him of valuables before escaping into a thicket adjoining the bus stop.

Police have stated that the 28-year old is believed to have followed the men into the bush where he was stabbed with a sharp instrument in the chest.

The slain man was a third year student at Botswana Accounting College (BAC) where he was pursuing a degree in Accounting and Finance.

He was the son of Japhta Radibe, the longtime leader of the Botswana Federation of Trade Unions and the Botswana Teachers Union.

It has also come to light that like his father, the young man had strong political convictions.

He was said to have served as Minister of Finance on the BAC’s Student Representative Council of 2017/2018.

The elder Radibe led BTU and BFTU for a period spanning 16 years.

Radibe, who hails from Sikwane in Kgatleng, was retired from the public service in 2007 ostensibly for absenteeism.

He was once the school head of Sedibelo Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi and used to wage running battles with the government during his time in the trade union movement.

He was finally retired through a letter dated 7 March 2007 basing its authority on the union boss’ frequent absenteeism while on union business.

He also lost a case before the Francistown High Court where he challenged government to reverse his forced retirement in 2010.

The then Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi ruled that Radibe took argumentative stances when he was allowed to show cause why he should not be fired.

The Deputy CEO at BAC, Matlhogonolo Mponang, has described the slain student as “the best individual I have ever met.”





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