When children terrorise villagers


The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is to some extent still relevant. The import of this adage is that the “village” should provide a safe and healthy environment where children are given the security they need to develop and flourish, and to be able to realise their hopes. But what about if some children break the trust by terrorising the very same villagers that nurtured them? Where must a delicate balance of the law be struck between their interests and other competing interests? Mmegi Correspondent LEBOGANG MOSIKARE asks following the appearance of two minors at the High Court

FRANCISTOWN: Minors aged 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court Tuesday on a certificate of urgency asking to be granted bail following a spate of shop breaking, theft and armed robbery cases that rocked Kasane and Kazungula villages.

One of the minors is a student at Okavango Junior Secondary School (OJSS) and he was expelled from school after he missed classes for 21 consecutive days.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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