A group of elephants have destroyed crops and caused havoc in Tswapong, Palapye and Serowe areas for the past two weeks.
The five elephants are believed to have come to these areas looking for water after the recent rains.
They left a trail of destruction as they wandered back and forth.
Angry 51-year-old resident of Lerala Village, Agang Ontse, phoned The Voice to witness the destruction caused by the animals.
He said the animals razed down his farm’s fence and destroyed the crops overnight.
“We discovered massive destruction in the morning and we reported to the wildlife offices,” said Ontse.
Mothibedi Kerekang, 36 had to let his farm workers go home after realizing that they were not productive.
He said the fearful staff were unsettled and kept looking over their shoulders for the elephants which had earlier been in the farm.
“The elephants destroyed my fence, drank half the water we use for irrigation and pulled out some irrigation pipes and walked all over my crops,” said the integrated farmer.
The large animals were later spotted in Ratholo where they scared Ipelegeng workers who fled in fear before they went to Manaledi and Molemane where they charged at wildlife.
Regional Wildlife Officer for Central, Onalenna Kgathi said the animals had come from different areas were looking for water after the recent rains.
She said the animals were first spotted in Serowe on their way to Morupule pond before going into Tswapong.
This Tuesday, Kgathi told The Voice that her officers were driving the elephants to Boteti area and confirmed they will compensate the farmers for the damages.
“We will compensate the farmers 100 percent instead of the previous 35 percent,” she said.