Govt to reduce age of maturity to 18 years

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Most parliamentarians on Friday agreed to reduce the age of maturity from 21 years to 18 years of age.

Member of Parliament for Mogoditshane Patrick Masimolole, who tabled the motion, argued that there was inconsistency in Botswana laws as some government ministries recognised somebody as mature at 21 years, while others did so at 18 years.

He cited a situation where an 18 year-old person is allowed to vote, to stand for elections and to hold a driver’s licence, but can only acquire land at 21 years.

This, he said disadvantages the youth who may be trying to utilize government assistance schemes. Only a few MPs expressed reservations. Kagiso Molatlhegi of Gaborone South said he did not support the motion because 18 year olds are still young and dependent on their parents hence they were not mature enough to [continue reading]


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