They were there to protest against continued unemployment of the youth by the ruling BDP government. The police later beat the protestors, forcing them to disperse.
Movements such as these are becoming more frequent as the country’s unemployment rate continues to grow and the youth become more disgruntled. The issue has gained recognition in even the most rural areas.
The most recent, officially recorded unemployment rate in Botswana is 20 percent, as per the Botswana Aids Impact Survey in 2013. According to worldbank.org, the unemployment rate for youth, those aged 15-24, is 33 percent.
“At our University, if 7,000 graduate, only about 2,000 get jobs,” Gonne Majwabe, a student at the University at Botswana (UB), said.
Frustrations Over Government Spending
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Golden Jubilee and Police Day, pictured here.
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After having spent time seeking an education many are frustrated with this idea. Gofaone Bornwell Moditswe is a student at the University of Botswana who does not see the program as doing enough.