MAN BATTLES FOR DEAR LIFE AFTER POLICE BRUTAL ASSAULT
A Gaborone man is battling for his life in his house after he was allegedly beaten to a pulp by police at the weekend.
The 24-year-old Oankgoga Montsho who was still reeling in shock told The Voice early this week that his crime was sleeping in a friend’s car.
“I was at a club in Gabane, then after having few drinks I decided to rest in my friend’s car right in front of the club, only for me to be woken up by police officers knocking at the window,” said Montsho.
The Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) operator noted that he was only shocked to be met by a slap on his face from a Special’ Constable.
He says while he was still trying to understand why he was being beaten, the police officer pulled him out of the car and started dragging him to the nearby road where they beat him until he collapsed.
“I was drunk and I only remember that my friends tried to intervene but the police officers threaten to beat them and they ran away.
I was screaming for help but people were just looking on because they feared the police officers.
They dragged me on the road and that was the last time I saw lights fading,” he said battling to hold back tears.
Still clothed in a blood soaked t-shirt, he went on to reveal that he only woke up the next morning when the police officers were dropping him at Taung bus stop in Broadhurst.
He said he was forced to limp to his house.
He couldn’t remember the police officers he claims beat him.
“If I could see them I will remember their faces.
They had removed their tags so I wouldn’t know their names but I swear to God if I saw them I will recognize them.”
He said he was only given a blank police statement paper bearing Gabane police post stamp and the police told him to go to the nearest clinic.
The buttered man has since vowed not to rest until justice is found.
“I have been abused and I still wonder why I was beaten up so hard. I want to contact the office of the president and have all justice served.
If nothing is done I will have to sort court intervention,” he said.
Contacted for comment, Mogoditshane Police station commander, Superintendent Nkwebi Chilisa an overseer at the Gabane police post claimed ignorance of the matter.
He said he had not received any complaint that his officers buttered anyone. “I haven’t heard anything of that kind.
If there is any I will wait for the man to come report and that is when I will investigate and take action.
We don’t encourage abuse on customers and it will be very unfortunate if such happened,” he said.
For his part Botswana Police spokesperson Chris Mbulawa said they have not yet received any complaint.
He however conceded that they have been receiving cases of people complaining that they were beaten by police and their investigation revealed that some of the cases were true whereas some were false.