Sehithwa Police Warn Against Violence Amidst Surge In Assaults

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Police in Sehitwa have urged members of the public to refrain from violence following a surge in cases of assault the area. This follows a case in which a heated argument over the use of a borehole in Ruha near Sehitwa took a violent turn on Sunday, resulting in a 44-year-old man being allegedly injured with an axe.

According to Sehitwa Police Station Commander Superintendent Nshaki Mabophiwa, the alleged incident unfolded when the 44-year-old victim, tending to his cattle at the water point, refused another 60-year-old man’s request to use the borehole, leading to a physical altercation.

Allegedly, the situation escalated as the 60-year-old called for assistance from a 48-year-old man who was a relative, to mediate the dispute. Tensions flared during the discussion, resulting in a tussle over control of the borehole’s water tap. The confrontation reached a critical point when the 44-year-old man reportedly brandished an axe, inflicting injuries on the victim.

The injured party was swiftly transported to Sehitwa clinic and later transferred to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital in Maun for further medical attention to which he was released the following day.

Mabophiwa highlighted concerns over the management of the borehole, suggesting a possible mismanagement by the farmers’ syndicate overseeing it. He urged residents to bring such disputes before the council to ensure fair and transparent usage of communal resources.

In a separate incident on Monday, a 19-year-old man was allegedly discovered injured in Dobe Ward, Tsau around 00:30.

Mabophiwa revealed that the victim, had allegedly ventured out for night time entertainment, then was found unconscious on the road in the early hours of the morning, having suffered injuries from unidentified assailants.

He further stated that the victim was promptly transported to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital, where he is currently receiving medical attention.

Station Commander Mabophiwa confirmed having a suspect in custody and emphasised the rising trend of assault cases in the area. He urged the community to refrain from resorting to violence, emphasizing the clear legal consequences that perpetrators would face.

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