MMOPANE: After living a miserable life without proper shelter, the Letlhogile family now owns a modern house with fully furnished rooms. The property was on Friday presented to the joyful Keweditse Dimpho Letlhogile and her family of three children and a brother, courtesy of the Botswana Police Service (BPS).
The police’s good gesture started years ago after Keweditse caught their attention. The family’s plight forced BPS through their social responsibility initiative to offer a helping hand and build them a modern house.
Then police discovered that Keweditse was sharing a one-roomed structure with her family and raised funds to build them a two-bedroom house complete with a kitchen and en suite bathroom and a toilet.
BPS started engaging other stakeholders who offered donations in an attempt to help the family.
Speaking at the official handing over of the house, police commissioner Keabetswe Makgophe was happy that they managed to mobilise donations in order to give the Letlhogile family dignity by building them a house. He stated that the police saw a need in the family and not only to restore their dignity but to also move towards eradicating poverty.
Makgophe applauded the police for helping the family stating that it was not because they were resourced, but that they were dedicated to assisting the community they serve.
“(The) Police have done a good job and I implore them to continue with their good gesture,” noted the commissioner.
“Take care of this house and please do not sell this residential plot. We have seen in the past majority of beneficiaries selling their plots, I strongly do not condone such behaviour.” He said as the police they are
“Criminals live amongst you hence being the best candidates to eradicate escalating crime instances better than the police. Crime is high in this village. People used to visit this village for entertainment but no longer do so because of escalating crime instances,” Makgophe said. He said fighting crime was a collective responsibility and urged parents to make sure their children were not involved in any form of crime and stop defending their bad behaviour.
Makgophe pleaded with the residents through community policing to fight escalating crime before it chases away investors in the area.
Giving the project overview, Divisional Commander South Central, senior assistant commissioner Matthews Letsholo said the project; being the construction of a two bed-roomed house with en suite bathroom, pit latrine, installation of electricity, water and fence cost more over P100, 000.
Letsholo said the police in collaboration with other stakeholders worked tirelessly to complete the project and applauded them for their dedicated hard work.
Keweditse could not hold back tears of joy as she thanked the police for building the family a house.
“This is God’s miracle, I didn’t expect that one day I would own a modern house like this. Continue with your good gesture and help those in need like me.”