Madigele intervenes in Oodi College demonstrations

The Minister of Tertiary Education, Research Science and Technology Dr Alfred Madigele was on Thursday forced to intervene and calm down the situation at the Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT).

This followed the incident in which the students clashed with the police during a demonstration over unpaid living allowances. Classes at the vocational college were suspended while members of staff and their support colleagues waited outside the college, after the students barricaded the college gate with tree branches and stones. Despite the situation calming down on Wednesday afternoon, the Minister was forced to rush to Oodi as the situation had worsened in the evening. 

The students had intensified their protest, turning it violent, as they had not received the money as promised by the school management the previous day. However, no injuries have been reported.

Editor's Comment
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...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up