Of consent and reason

A curious discrepancy exists in the laws of Botswana. The official age of consent is pegged at 16 while the Children Act’s defines a child as being anyone under 18. According to other laws, a person aged 18 and above can vote, enter into a contract of marriage and drive certain vehicles.

That gap has been the space within which the immoral within our society have preyed on vulnerable teenagers, often entrapping them with monetary promises and essentially robbing them of their education and futures.

This year has been one rocked by a number of intergenerational sex scandals, mostly notoriously in Sebina involving a pregnant schoolgirl, which ended without clear resolution and/or clear justice to the teenager involved. Most recently, a shocking Ministry of Basic Education-sponsored report has revealed that a third of teens have their first sexual encounter before 13 years of age, a disturbing proportion of this being forced and the majority involving older partners.

Editor's Comment
CoA brings sanity to DIS/DCEC long-standing feud

This decision follows the raiding of the office of the former Director General of the DCEC, Tymon Katlholo early 2022 and his staff officer by the DIS operatives who reportedly took files that they had targeted.After all back and forth arguments, the CoA has set the record straight giving an invaluable lesson to the DIS that it was no super security organ and it does not have any powers to cogently supervise other security organs including the...

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