June 14: The Day General Viljoen Left Us In A Blood Pool

This past Friday, somewhere in the privacy of a few homes across Botswana and in neighbouring South Africa, a thought must have crossed the mind, and a quiet moment, a prayer, a short discussion may have taken place.

While for many of us, this was just another day, maybe caught up in the debate around the Gaborone High Court decriminalising laws on homosexuality. But for these families, what happened 34 years ago must have been what occupied the mind.

On this day, June 14, 1985, around 1.30 am, the South African Defence Force (SADF) arrived armed to the teeth for a massacre of innocent people in select locations around the capital Gaborone.

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Keep your mask close

Wearing of masks behind closed doors has been mandatory following the government’s August decision that the public was freed from masking in outdoor spaces.According to a press statement from the ministry, all other remaining COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing in schools and requirements for vaccination or PCR tests at ports of entry have also been relaxed.Statistics still show that hundreds still die daily due to the pandemic around...

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