5 March 2018

Botswana: Police Urge Conflicting Lovers to Consult Counsellors

Letlhakeng — Takatokwane Police Station commander, Superintendent Ocean Maraganyane has pleaded with people who have conflicts in their relationships to always engage counselling expects available at government offices such as the police, social and community development workers as well as dikgotla.

Speaking in an interview, Superintendent Maraganyane said such would go a long way in preventing murders and suicides that are rife in his area.

He also advised people in stormy relationships that sometimes it would be better to quit rather than hang onto something that is not working lest it leads to something worse.

Supt. Maraganyane was speaking in the wake of a murder-suicide incident they are investigating in which a 26-year-old man almost totally dismembered the head of his 25-year-old girlfriend using a knife before hanging himself.

He said the incident occurred at Masope lands near Maboane on Saturday evening.

Supt. Maraganyane said they learnt that the man had a dispute with the girlfriend a few days earlier, which resulted in the woman and the duo's son going home to Sesung village near Letlhakeng.

"We also learnt that the man later followed the girlfriend to Sesung, where he raped her.

The case of rape was registered with Letlhakeng police.

The man later returned to Masope and when he tried to go back to Sesung after a few days, his father refused as he had noted that his son was disturbed," he said.

Supt. Maraganyane said the man then arranged that instead the girlfriend come with the son to Masope on Saturday morning, and later killed her before committing suicide.

He said the two bodies were taken to Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole to await autopsy.

He said the case is the third in his policing area this year, which averages one murder case per month.

Supt. Maraganyane also indicated that they are concerned by the high number of cases of threat to kill.

"So far we have four cases of threat to kill and all the accused persons have been taken before the courts of law.

Such cases are equally a concern to us because there are chances that the accused persons may make true of their threats," he said.

Source : BOPA


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