Old Naledi Police, in partnership with Mileage Group, recently hosted a workshop to create a platform for different stakeholders to deliberate on issues related to crime, domestic violence, women, men and child abuse. The event was held at the ‘Diswinki’ playground in Old Naledi.
As a major challenge facing Old Naledi and Botswana at large, Old Naledi Police saw it necessary to solicit measures to raise awareness by bringing together stakeholders that include social workers, teachers, councillors, village cluster as well as the village headman.
When welcoming guests at the workshop, Kgosi Gloria Masono, commended Old Naledi Police and Mileage Group for taking the initiative to engage stakeholders on current matters of concern.
Masono said that this has to be an encouraging step and advised the community to utilize the deliberations of the meeting.
The Managing Director of Mileage Group, Mr Miles Nan, said that he was happy to be engaged with the Old Naledi community. He said that being a foreigner, he likes volunteering to help needy communities but this, though, can be stalled by the language barrier as he still has the local language.
He said that he took the decision to come on board and help the police organize the meeting because he, like other people, foreigners included, is affected by the rate at which passion killings, crime and alcohol abuse are happening, which he said need for people to join together.
The Station Commander of Old Naledi Police, Modisaotsile Bonang, stated that since the beginning of this year, they have recorded 261 cases of domestic violence and assault, which has moved them to finding alternative measures to fight the scourge.
He said that the problem is now gone worse as men are now being victimized by women.
Bonang advised the public to refrain from these practices as they impact negatively on the community.