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.