Three Botswana Police Officers yesterday appeared before Extension 2 magistrate for stealing dagga valued at P4, 900.00.
The three Maitshwarelo Ditsebe (29), Goitseone Kobe (29) and Otshepheng Lesele (33) from Ramotswa were remanded in custody pending police investigations.
Magistrate Batho Kgerethwa denied the three bail saying the police still needed to carry further investigations. She said she feared that if allowed bail the three might interfere with police investigations.
According to the charge sheet the three accused persons on or┬á about the 12th day of June 2014 at Ramotswa Police Station, in the South East Administrative system being government employees stole a bag of dagga┬á valued at P4, 900.00 which came to their possession by virtue of their employment.
Section 276 of the penal code┬á stealing by servant ┬áprovide that if found guilty a person who steal whilst employed in public office is liable for imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years.
The accused persons are expected to appear before the High Court today.
The study by Janet Stamatel and Hung-en Sung titled “crime and Punishment around the world” has revealed that Botswana Police officers have also become more involved in theft and burglaries’.
The BPS tends to be less concerned with crime and more concerned with maintaining order in urban areas and dealing with rural migrants, the study reveals.