Botswana Police Report on Public Disturbances due to Strike

The Botswana Police Service has released an official report on the disturbances that were caused by the industrial strike. It indicates that a total of 18 incidents-some involving the use of violence and theft- were recorded.

The incidents took place in Gaborone, Gantsi, Hukuntsi, Mahalapye, Mochudi, Mogoditshane, Molepolole, Moshupa,Ramotswa, Selibi Phikwe and Thamaga .  About 152 students, 13 striking workers and 12 members of public have been taken in for questioning.

In Mochudi, Mogoditshane, Molepolole, Moshupa Ramotswa and Thamaga, 141 students were arrested for looting shops and other business enterprises, causing damage to both school and business premises, vehicles as well as blocking roads by placing stones and debris on them.

In Ramotswa, 11 students were arrested for theft of food at Kagiso Senior school‘s kitchen.

Meanwhile, four striking workers in Tshane and eight striking workers in Gantsi have been arrested by police for blocking roads with stones and debris. They are likely to taken before court after completion of investigations.

‘Though in some of these incidents some people suffered minor injuries, no deaths or serious injuries were recorded,’ states the report.

The police however wish to assure the public that, ’whoever engages in unlawful/criminal acts under the guise of the ongoing strike, will be subjected to the full force of the law.’

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