Boot camp from hell

Mothei Sejakgomo. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Mothei Sejakgomo. PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Mothei Sejakgomo, who runs a prison-style boot camp has defended his methods of discipline which have sent shockwaves. Following a suicide incident by a 23-year-old at the Botswana Institute for Reintegration and Rehabilitation of Offenders (BIRRO), allegations of human rights abuse are flying.

Sejakgomo and his team are accused of abuse administering corporal punishment extremely, as well as verbal abuse among others. He is defending his methods and believes he is rescuing many young people from going to prison.

“There are serious human rights abuses being levelled on people who have gone for rehab at BIRRO boot camp such as verbal and physical abuse. Children are being stripped of their dignity. They can be shaved in front of others. It is said that this persists even though BIRRO is receiving donations as a society. The president does not account for the money and he doesn't have a committee,” a source close to the developments revealed.

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