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Botswana: Concerning rise of rape and murder cases during the festive season

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Botswana experienced a worrying increase in cases of rape and murder during the most recent festive season, police said on Wednesday, 8 January 2020.

Police Spokesperson, Dipheko Motube said a total of one hundred and thirty-three rape cases were recorded during the 2019/2020 festive season compared to one hundred and ten the previous year.

In addition, there were thirty-three cases of men arrested on allegations of having sexual intercourse with under-age girls. This is up from sixteen such incidents during the previous year.

Motube attributed this rise to the increase of the age of consent from sixteen to eighteen years old.

The police have also revealed that there were one thousand six hundred reported cases of rape in the first three quarters of 2019 – almost double compared to that period for each of the previous two years.

Meanwhile, Motube confirmed that three siblings have appeared in court for the alleged murder of a Zimbabwean national while another suspect, Mothusi Rapoo was arraigned before the courts for the alleged murder of a two-year-old toddler following a misunderstanding with its mother.

On a similar matter, Motube said two men, Aobakwe Baleseng and Mogorosi Korae also appeared in court for killing a twenty-seven year old woman.

Motube further stated that a mob in Gaborone had fatally assaulted a twenty-three year old man during the festive season for allegedly breaking into a motor vehicle.

He described the latest crime statistics as worrying given the fact that Botswana’s population is less than two million.

– APA

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