Ftown golf course: criminal haven

FRANCISTOWN: The City Clerk here, Charles Amos has promised to clear the bushes at what is currently the Francistown Golf Course, where thieves hide their loot and all sorts of criminals do a hit and run on unsuspecting members of the public before vanishing behind the thickets.

And, the station commander for Kutlwano police, Superintendent Motsholathebe Mothibi said they are at the end of their tether about unkempt bushes, which he said were a hindrance to their policing efforts.Mothibi actually said some of the bushes, like the one behind Molapo Estates is on a private property and they (the police) would live to engage the owners in future with the view to have them cleared.In an interview with the city clerk, though he said he was still familiarising himself with Francistown, having just occupied his position, he was not yet in the know about the crime situation in the city.But he conceded that, with all those bushes, it was possible for criminals to use the golf course for their activities.

Recently there was a report of a man who accosted a minor and raped him before vanishing among the thickets.And, also, the police arrested a man who allegedly murdered his two young children as he dodged behind the Mophane vegetation that characterise the place. Still recently, another man was found dangling from a tree in the bushes in what is believed to have been a suicide.However, Amos decried lack of funds for the state of affairs at the golf course situated adjacent Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital on the way to Selepa location and Marang Hotel.  "Lack of capital at the moment is hindering us from developing the place and once funds are available, we will develop it and hence criminals will have no place to hide.

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