10 March 2017

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IMG 1420Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS, (BONELA) is alarmed by the increased number of child abuse and violence case being reported, some of which have led to the loss of lives like the Palapye and Mogoditshane cases.

These incidences clearly go against Section 61 (1) of the Children’s Act which states that “No person shall subject a child to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. In addition, these cases indicate that the public is not educated on the children’s rights and that the public in general is not taking responsibility to report such cases as prescribed by Section 43 (1) of the Children’s Act 2009 which states that “Where any person has reasonable cause to believe that a child is in need of protection, that person shall immediately make a report to a Social Worker or Police Officer in the district in which the child is resident

Furthermore; BONELA believes that the Botswana Government (through Social Workers, the Police, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and Judges) is not doing enough in instances where these cases are reported because they take long to be prosecuted, creating a barrier to justice as outlined in the Children’s Act of 2009, which was enacted to “provide and protect the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children.”

BONELA, therefore challenges the Botswana Government to be responsive on children’s rights issues and convict perpetrators. We are also calling on the general public to be vigilant and responsive on these matters by reporting the incidents to the relevant authorities.

For more information, contact BONELA on:

+267 393 2516 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; the Director on +267 72385054 and follow BONELA on Twitter on @bonelaethics and like our Facebook Page BONELA



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