How police fought a losing battle against GBV in 2023


There is a general expectation for the police to play a critical role as the initial responders to cases of violence. Still, the men and women in blue struggled to contain deeply entrenched gender-based violence (GBV) in 2023, with statistics showing an increase in reported cases. Despite new government measures to address the scourge, including setting up special courts and establishing a sex offender’s register, violence against women and girls continues at a worrying rate, reports Staff Writer Pini Bothoko

The World Population Review of 2023 cites Botswana as having the highest incidence of rape in the world, at 92.93 per 100,000 people, as GBV remains one of the most devastating, persistent, and widespread human rights violations.

Reports further indicate that over two-thirds of women in Botswana report having experienced some form of gender violence in their lifetime, including partner and non-partner violence. Ending violence against women and girls remains a hurdle for the police, with recorded disturbing cases in which women and children are abused, sexually assaulted, and even killed by their male partners, relatives, and/or acquaintances.

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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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