As the festive season heats up, the Botswana Police Service ended the third annual 60 Days of Action campaign in Thamaga last week Friday.
The campaign which this year targeted Selebi Phikwe, Maun and Thamaga is aimed at changing people’s mindsets so they do small, simple and inexpensive things to enhance their own safety and security on roads, homes and communities.
In the campaign the police are calling on the public to drive safely obeying all road rules and pedestrians to be cautious and visible on the roads as well as encouraging parents to pick their kids from schools and drumming up media reportage on road safety and crime.
The police also wish to improve personal security of individuals, their property, homes and vehicles as well as business.
The public is also urged to refrain from leaving valuables in their vehicles when they are in public parking lots.
Concerned by the level of crime committed by the village youth who have organized themselves into terrorist gangs called Marubisi and Matsetsekane, Mogoditshane/Thamaga Sub District Chairman, Councillor Major Driver Motlokwa expressed his gratitude that the police had chosen his troubled district.
“With the level of crime we experience here, developments will not come to us and we won’t have jobs,” he said and reassured the villagers that if caught, the troublesome youth would be taken to the kgotla and whipped.
Deputy Police Commissioner Victor Paledi, delivering the Police Commissioner’s message said they had heard of the plight of Thamaga residents and thanked them for supporting the force.
“The Commissioner says thank you. If you didn’t stand up to do something, the situation would be worse,” he said.
The police chief then took a swipe at those who doubted the efficiency of the cops in fighting crime. “Some of you hide illegal immigrants and don’t declare them to the Kgosi and after they have committed crimes you involve the police.
The police are useless because they don’t get the necessary support. Only the people of Thamaga can solve the crime in their village. It’s up to you to decide.”
Paledi further revealed that in the past three years they have run the campaign, crime had gone down.
Popular BPS-produced crime series Itsireletse cast, performed an educational play and distributed educational messages and entertained the villagers.