Police plead for calm in Lobatse


Residents of Peleng in Lobatse recently trooped to the streets and rioted over the recent forensic DNA findings that suggested that the recent discovered body remains belong to the mysteriously missing six-year-old boy, Tlotso Karema.

The dejected residents blocked roads with stones, burnt tyres, vandalised police vehicles and in the process injured three police officers. On March 18, 2022 Tlotso was reported missing after disappearing without trace. He failed to return home after school.

Then, the police embarked on a massive search with the help of members of the public to no avail. On April 13 this year, the police received a tip off of human remains that were discovered in the bush along the Kanye road. The human remains were taken to the forensic laboratory for DNA tests. According to the Botswana Police Service (BPS) public relations officer, senior superintendent Near Bagali, the DNA results pointed to the missing child but his parents rejected them together with the body remains seeking to conduct their own independent investigations.

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A woman’s right to choose: Or is it?

Here in Botswana, we have many single-parent households, mostly female-led, so what does that suggest? That some fathers choose to ditch the responsibility of caring for their children and leave them to the ones who carry them during pregnancy to do the heavy lifting.Of course, in other dynamics, there are instances where the father wants to keep the baby and the would-be mother does not want to, hence the saying ‘whose body is it anyway’.In...

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