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Crime has become sophisticated

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The level of crime in Botswana has escalated with years while the perpetrators are also becoming too advanced and smart for the local community. Of recent, many Batswana have been left reeling in sho ck after being robbed by men dressed in fancy suits and driving exquisite modern cars. 

Thieves no longer run like headless chickens after stealing but rather arm themselves with guns and own getaway cars. A few years ago, it was too complicated to be real and was only common across borders; however currently, it is real and happening, there have been several cases of bag and phone snatching all done in this new trend. Investigations conducted by this publication reveal that the likes of Honda Fit, Runx, Ipsum, and Vitz are the most common types of cars used for robbery nowadays.

These cars are probably popular in the robbery crime because of their high speed which helps culprits speed off within the blink of an eye. Another contributing factor might be their low market price hence increasing affordability for criminals looking to deceive their victims. When Mogomotsi Thupane and Aldophius Legae were alleged to have robbed Choppies Supermarket in Block 8 a few months ago, they were using a Honda Fit for getaway, and in the process walked away with over P150 000.

“We are in trouble, just last week when I was returning from work and busy unlocking my house in Mogoditshane, a white Runx appeared from nowhere and they snatched all the valuables that were in my car and sped off. I had left my doors open and was just about to go back to the car,” said one Mogoditshane resident Lentle Sego. In a recent hijacking incident in Kanye, criminals driving a Honda Fit attacked a motorist and made away with his mini-bus.

The criminals who last week attacked and killed a police officer in Block 8 were using a Honda Fit to get away. Several women have reported being attacked at taxi stops by criminals driving a Honda Fit.

According to Broadhurst Station Commander Senior Superintendent BonosiMolapisi, the robbery where cars, especially the Honda Fit, are used to speed off after the crime, is very common in his area, “We do have such cases here and it is very disturbing. It is only unfortunate that we do not have exact statistics based on the type of cars used because majority of them usually fall under robbery section,” he said.

Meanwhile, Botswana Police spokesperson Dipheko Motube said at national level, they had yet to make a conclusion on which car makes are commonly used for crimes where people are either attacked or have their property snatched, but speculated that the cheaply available cars were making it easy for criminals to own them. Although cagey on verifying which car types are involved more in crimes, he admitted to the sophistication of modern trends of stealing, saying criminals every day invent different ways to ensure that their operations are successful. Motube added that what complicates things is that the cars are very common locally and many of them are being used as public transport, which makes it difficult for patrons to know if criminals could be pretending to be taxi operators. In the meantime, innocent people have found themselves being driven into the bushes where they have either been beaten and raped, or had their belongings stolen when they had actually thought they were getting into a cab or taxi.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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