Monday, November 28, 2022

Future of students involved in riots uncertain

A decision has not yet been made whether or not to prosecute those students who were involved in riots a few months ago during the public servants industrial strike.

Police say they have completed their investigations and they want justice to be done while the union, on the other hand, says students should not be prosecuted but should, instead, be warned.
Information passed to Sunday Standard suggests that the government is undecided on whether or not to prosecute.

It is believed that hundreds of students were interrogated by the police after the riots.
Senior Assistant Police Commissioner Mathews Letsholo confirmed to Sunday Standard that the police had “completed our investigations relating to riots that erupted during the public servants industrial strike”.

He said he was not in a position discuss their findings as they had to consult with their stakeholders before a decision could be taken.

“I can not reveal as yet the number of suspects that were involved,” he said. “At the end of the day we want justice to be done.”

He further said that “there is no time frame that has been set when the matter will be discussed therefore I cannot speak about it now”.

Nomsa Zuze, the Principal Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, said, “The matter is with the police who are conducting the investigations.”
The newly appointed Secretary General of the Botswana Secondary Teachers Union (BOSETU) Rari Tabokane, said, “We do not agree that those students who were involved in the riots should be prosecuted; they should, instead be simply warned and close the dockets.”

He said the union will oppose the prosecution of students should the government intend to do so.
Most of the students involved in the riots come from schools in the southern region, which include Mochudi, Molepolole, Ramotswa, Gantsi and Kang, among others.

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