Security fear stops 39 Boteti students from returning to school as village is hit by abductions

  • Julia MASIMA
  • March 19th, 2021 - 1 min, 26 secs read

Security fear stops 39 Boteti students from returning to school as village is hit by abductions

Two suspects who had become injured while allegedly attacking Makgadikgadi Junior School hostels in Mosu village have been allowed to seek medical attention, as ritual murder suspicion mount in Boteti region.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT: At least 39 students in Makgadikgadi Junior School in Mosu have refused to return to school as Boteti region is hit by a spate of suspicions of ritual murder.

The students are from poor settlements in Mokobilo, Mmeya, Khwee, Mmatshumo, Kediya as well as Letlhakane.  

WHAT DID POLICE DO? Not much really. Police said two suspects who have not been named became injured while trying to escape after illegally entering the boys’ and girls’ hostels at night last week. The two fell from a flat. Police then allowed them to seek medical attention and said they will be questioned at a later stage.

“We advised them to go to the clinic first and report themselves to the police after getting treatment for their injuries,” Assistant Station Commander for Letlhakane Police Station, Tsholofelo Masule said.

WHAT CHARGE ARE THEY LIKELY TO FACE: Masule explained that the two will face a charge of criminal trespass.

Sonny Mooketsi, a senior official in the ministry of education in the central region confirmed the incident and said they are working on convincing the students to return to school.

WHAT DO OTHERS SAY: A representative from Khweedom Council, Banyatsi Salutu said that the students are reluctant to return to school as they alleged to have overheard the suspects plotting to murdered one of the students. With rising suspicion of ritual killings in the area, Salutu said that they remain fearful about these kind of intrusion into students’ hostels. He said there is a need for police to take the allegations seriously.

 

 

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