Botswana: Police Arrest Zwenshambe Jss Staff for Hosting Party

Masunga — Masunga police have arrested 10 Zwenshambe Junior Secondary School staff for hosting a party on Wednesday.

Station commander, Superintendent Gaolatlhe Ngayaya, stated that 10 officers being some teachers, drivers and support staff hosted a party in one of the staff houses when police were called in to intervene.

She noted that upon arriving at the scene, the perpetrators had locked doors and denied the police entry. The police were forced to break a door to gain entry.

The station commander said it was a common trend by non-essential workers within the district to gather in large numbers at their institutional houses, thus violating the social distancing regulation.

She said the behavior was disappointing more so it being displayed by public servants who should be helping government enforce the law during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supt Ngayaya noted that it was imperative for officers who were not on duty to adhere to regulations, adding that 'it is saddening for the police to be attending to cases where public officers contravene the law.'

Supt Ngayaya further indicated that movement was uncontrollable in Masunga to a point where civilians overwhelmed the police.

She stated that some people had even developed a habit of monitoring police movements so that they could take advantage of that and inform their friends on police whereabouts.

This, she said was a display of lawlessness from Batswana because it showed that people did not take this pandemic seriously.

The station commander highlighted that the purpose of travel permits was to restrict movement and noted that some people were abusing these permits.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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