GOBABIS: A clampdown on illegal shebeens and liquor trading outlets which started over a week ago here has resulted in the closure of over 10 establishments. The clampdown started over a week ago and the number is expected to peak as closures continue.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region is coming down hard on unlicensed shebeens, especially in the town’s informal areas, where most of them either operate without a licence, or have contravened the provisions of their trading licences.
Unhappy shebeen owners on Wednesday sought an audience with Gobabis Constituency Councilor Phillipus Katamelo in an attempt to reverse the closure of the businesses.
Katamelo, who promised to take up the complaints of the business owners, advised them to seek compliance with the provisions of the Liquor Act of 2006 to have their businesses re-opened.
Omaheke Police Regional Commander, Josephat Abel yesterday said ignorance of the law would no longer be used as an excuse for breaking the law.