Sunday, July 12, 2020

Blood thirsty community eludes police following mob justice

Police have not yet identified and nabbed suspects who took the law into their own hands and murdered a criminal infamously known for smashing and snatching valuables from vehicles.A few days into the New Year on January 5th, a 23-year-old young man from Jerusalem ward in Moshupa met his grisly death as an angry mob of vigilantes  in Mogoditshane in the outskirts of the City of Gaborone descended on him accused of being caught in his traditional habitual act of stealing in the broad day light.

“We have not yet arrested anyone to date,” confirmed Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube on Friday.“We appeal for the public to come forward with each and every little information they may have to assist investigations,” Motube added the police chief spokesperson.The unprecedented incident has elicited much public outcry both condemning and appraising the tragedy in equal measure.Those against the tragedy, said the deceased should have been spared his life to face the music at the courts as is the norm.

But weary of disappointments of both the police and the courts services, one section of the community disagrees. They argued that authorities were notified about the criminal nehaviour of the deceased but they looked away only to be seen in the public glare commiting another crime.The victim is reportedly known across Gaborone police stations for offences of “smash and grab.”

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