Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Chaos and crime rule UB Freshers Ball

The University of Botswana (UB) Student Representative Council (SRC) is distancing itself from any blame after last week’s shocking Fresh Ball.

For any organizing committee for events such as this one, the safety of those attending ought to be amongst the list of its priorities but it seems someone forgot to tell the current UB SRC.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all the victims who lost their belongings and sustained injuries at the hands of these monstrous agents of crime,” they said in a letter to the students.

What sparked the mayhem was simply GS 26 BDP (Botswana Democratic Party) attacking the current umbrella party, which is a combination of UB’s Botswana National Front and Botswana Congress Party.
They have been accused of lack of correct planning and overlooking issues of security whilst the SRC refutes those claims, saying security has always been lax at UB.

The opposition also argued that keeping local students’ talent could have reduced the crowd pull and guaranteed some safety.

With over a dozen reports of muggings, rape and thefts, not to mention an artist beating up a fan on stage, it is safe to say this year’s UB Freshers Ball was nothing short of a shambles.
Most reports involve exchange students who were allegedly rapped on the night.

While the rumour mill is spinning out of control, it’s becoming more and clearer that the distaste for UB by those schooling outside of Botswana has grown.

Facebook comments about the SRC tell a story of people who are ashamed to say they live in such a country with some declaring that they are embarrassed to be students at UB.

“Apparently, eight exchange students from UK at UB got raped at the fresher’s ball? This is getting out of control,” said Bakang Pearce a student studying in Malaysia.

South African artist Zola was at the forefront of what somehow is the most bizarre thing next to Busta Rhymes intimidating a fan for not singing along at a concert.

One unfortunate member of the crowd found himself on stage and at the mercy of Zola who beat him onstage for reasons that still remain unclear.

A second year UB student, Kabelo Kobedi, commented how he witnessed his friend running for safety after thugs attempted to beat him up over his girlfriend.

As if that was not bad enough, another one of Kobedi’s friends was also stripped totally naked in an attempted rape but she managed to escape with barely anything covering her.

The repercussions of what happened will be seen in the future as the image of UB globally may change as international students return home to give detailed accounts of what they experienced.


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