Botswana ‘big shot’ smashes Rosie Motene’s face

2013-12-01 10:00

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Former Generations actress Rosie Motene was left with a broken nose after she was punched several times until she lost consciousness – allegedly by a Botswana businessman.

An official from the South African department of international relations said Motene left for Botswana on Tuesday to attend a friend’s “function”.

On Friday night, she was at the event and preparing to go to a nightclub when she was attacked.

“She was beaten badly by some guy there. What made it worse was that she had just undergone an operation on her face when she left for Botswana. So apparently one of the punches caught her on the wound,” said the official.

Motene was flown back to South Africa yesterday afternoon by the department of international relations and cooperation after she pleaded for help on Twitter.

Speaking to City Press at OR Tambo International Airport, Motene said that she was at a function organised by a friend in Gaborone when a fight broke out.

She said “some big shot” punched her several times in the face until she lost consciousness.

Motene, who arrived at the airport protected by a straw hat and sunglasses, said she was rushed to Bokamo Hospital in Gaborone where she was treated and discharged.

“I pressed charges against this man at a police station at Gaborone, but the police did not do anything because he is some big shot there,” she said.

Motene sustained a black eye and a cut on her nose.

“I suffered a fractured nose so I’m rushing to Milpark Hospital for treatment,” she said.

Motene broke down and cried when photographers waiting for her at the airport took pictures of her as she was walking towards her silver Mercedes.

“No guys, don’t do that. This is wrong,” she said, in tears.

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations and cooperation, confirmed that they had organised the plane ticket for Motene after learning of her plight.

“It is our responsibility to rescue any South African in a dire situation in a foreign country and we are happy to have done so in the case of Ms Motene,” he explained.

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