Assault Cases Rampant in Sese

| May 18, 2015

Senior Superintendent Reuben Mphoeng has raised concern at the escalating crime rate at Sese near Jwaneng, particularly assaults.

Speaking during a kgotla meeting in Sese recently, Senior Supt Mphoeng said most of reported crime incidents were perpetuated by alcohol and drug abuse.

In 2013, he said they recorded a total of 40 cases of assault common but the number slightly decreased to 29 cases in the following year.

He, however, said he was currently concerned because since the beginning of this year, already they had recorded a total of 17 cases, with a high possibility of other cases going unreported.

Senior Supt Mphoeng said at least two people were currently admitted at different health facilities due to injuries sustained through assaults. Most of such incidents, he said took place during drinking sprees and some at undesignated areas.

As a result, he urged business owners to stick to the stipulated trading hours for alcohol to avoid facing the wrath of the law. Furthermore, tSenior Supt Mphoeng said theft common was also on the rise in the village.

He said even though they recorded a total of 37 cases last year, they had so far recorded 18 since the beginning of this year. That, he said was a big number, considering it was only five months into the year.

He also urged residents to come forth and report people who caused them noise, especially at night. He said even though that was an issue of concern in Sese, the police relied mostly on evidence from residents so that such cases could be brought before the court.

Senior Supt Mphoeng said in most cases, perpetrators had to pay an admission of guilt fine and walked away because people failed to give evidence.

Further, he appealed to the public to work together with the police to ensure a crime free village, saying they had a shortage of police officers hence partly relied on villagers for assistance.

One of the villagers, Mr Boitshepo Basane attributed the escalating assault incidents to the fact that the youth spent a lot of time at bars. Mr Basane said it was embarrassing because most of the young people who frequented bars were girls and young women.

He further decried theft of donkeys, which he said had affected farming since most people used them for ploughing. He noted that even though the police were trying to address the issue, their resources were limited.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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