Botswana: Four Appear for Assaulting Police Officer

Kanye — Four men have appeared before Kanye Magistrate Court on two counts; assaulting a police officer on duty and malicious damage to government property.

Sejelo Police station Commander, Superintendent, Mogomotsi Matlapeng, said in an interview that the quartet aged between 21-27 years of Matebejana and Kgatlweng wards had been remanded at Lobatse Prison.

The four; Kesaobaka Kofa, Olorato Gabankile, Thumisang Gothaang and Edmando Tegedi are alleged to have thrown stones at a police van and injured a police officer in the process.

Spt Matlapeng said the altercation occurred while the police were on a COVID-19 operation aimed at ensuring compliance to COVID-19 regulations.

He said the men, together in concert willfully and unlawfully damaged a police motor vehicle by throwing stones at it, thereby smashing the driver's window and also causing dents on parts of the vehicle.

Spt Matlapeng warned that attacks on police officers would not be tolerated, adding that it was unacceptable to assault a person for doing their job.

He said such an act undermined the very same people who were out there to protect the community.

Meanwhile, Spt Matlapeng shared that during the operation they had registered 38 cases of people who failed to stay at home thereby contravening the COVID-19 regulations.

He raised concern that some people failed to observe the COVID-19 protocol of staying at their place of confinement.

Spt Matlapeng further shared that five people were also charged for failure to wear face masks, three charged for selling alcohol, while one was charged for failure to comply during the extreme extensive social distancing period and opening a butchery.

He shared that at the beginning of the extreme social distancing period, they experienced an influx of people who came from Gaborone to Kanye in possession of fake permits, adding that such people were sent back.

Spt Matlhapeng noted that they had deployed police officers to shopping malls and around the village to regulate movement of people.

He added in order to fight and defeat the COVID-19 pandemic there was need for cooperation from the community through adherence to all the protocols, which included the use of face masks, social distancing and regular washing of hands.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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