City Police spokesperson Helena Mootseng told Nampa on Friday the police are frequently called out to domestic violence incidents where mostly women fall victim to gender-based violence (GBV). In many cases, however, the victims are not willing to lay charges against the perpetrators or to see the process of bringing the perpetrator to book through, she said.
Mootseng referred to a case on Friday night where a woman called the City Police after she was severely beaten by her husband, only for the police to learn an hour later the woman decided not to press charges against her husband while at the Windhoek Police Station.
She instead asked the City Police to take her to a hospital where she could get medical attention for her facial injuries. Another concern for the police is the high number of people found carrying weapons.
Mootseng said young men especially are often found carrying weapons, including firearms. “Only a small provocation could end in disaster and a person could lose his or her life,’ she stated. The City Police on Friday night during a routine patrol confiscated a number of knives and other sharp objects.
More worrying was the death of a man in Katutura’s Grysblok residential area at around 21h00 on Friday after he was shot. Mootseng said the City Police will continue with random stop and search operations and dangerous weapons such as sharp objects, knives and unlicensed firearms will be confiscated.