‘We blame the police’– Molepolole villagers

Taking the stand one by one, the residents did not mince their words PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Taking the stand one by one, the residents did not mince their words PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

MOLEPOLOLE: Incensed Molepolole residents yesterday thronged the kgotla meeting called by the village traditional leadership to address the recent spate of missing persons, murder incidents and riots. The residents took turns accusing the police of choosing to sit on matters and not taking action

. Taking the stand one by one asking questions, the residents did not mince their words threatening that they will take the law into their own hands. "Nna ga ke minde go bolaya motho le nna ka gore ha gona mosola (I don’t mind killing a person as well since we do not get any help),” he said. The villagers charged at the Acting Police Commissioner, Solomon Mantswe venting their frustration at the police especially the Molepolole Police Station. They believe the police took long to take action hence why some members of the community out of frustration took matters into their own hands. Last week Thursday, just after 8pm the dusty village of Molepolole caught fire, literally, as angry villagers burnt the Kgotla, blocked roads expressing their frustration at the police.

This was after a taxi driver, Phenyo Jakoba (35) was found dead with his body badly decomposed with some body parts allegedly missing. This week another missing young woman was found dead. As the village went up in smoke, with the whole country watching, Kgosi Kgari III called a Kgotla meeting flanked by the Acting Commissioner of Police , the Minister of State President, Kabo Morwaneg and Member of Parliament for Molepolole North, Oabile Regoeng and other village elders. When addressing the meeting, Kgosi Kgari expressed his disappointment with the ‘behaviour’ of the villagers saying that it was wrong for them to take the matter into their own hands.

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