Monday, April 22, 2024

The batho ba tlaa reng syndrome – obsession with public opinion

“Batho ba tlaa reng?” Which is Setswana for “what will people say?” is probably the most cliched turn of phrase in Botswana.

Gaborone based clinical psychologist, Bame Mophuting says, “Whenever we want to do something different or unusual, the first thing that always comes to our mind is “what will people say”.

The “what would people say?” argument, permeates Setswana society and holds hostage any and all statements and actions to the court of public opinion, consequently warping people’s reasoning.

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