The Botswana Police Commissioner, Thebeyame Tsimako, has expressed concern over the rising number of Batswana falling victim to con-artists. Speaking during the handing over of the Police Porter Cabin by Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) in Molapo Estates in Francistown last week, Tsimako said that despite several efforts by the police to warn the public against such culprits, efforts seem to be not bearing fruit.
“I just do not understand if Batswana are slow to learn or they just do not want to learn that con-artists exist and they are there to rip them off of their hard earned cash and property,” he said.
Tsimako said that the most disappointing part is that no matter how hard they try as the Police to educate people through campaigns and programmes, police continue to receive such cases. He advised that Batswana should take advantage of the Itshireletse Programme on Botswana Television, which always sends a strong message against such criminal activities.
“Drama Programmes like Itshireletse on BTV are very informative as they always warn people against such cases, but it seems that some of the people just watch these programmes for entertainment and do not want to get the message,” he said.
Turning to the objective of the event, Tsimako lauded Tati Nickel Mining Company for its support in the fight against crime. He pleaded with the private sector and the communities to continue working together in combating crime.
TNMC donated the cabin as part of its social responsibility projects. The cabin, which cost over P135┬á000, will be used as a satellite police office for the residents of Molapo Estates, Tati River plots, Tachila farms and Nkgwana Park in Francistown.