WALVIS BAY: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region will no longer withdraw cases of domestic violence, and victims will have to withdraw it in a court of law.
Speaking during a media conference here on Wednesday, the Commissioner of NamPol in the Erongo Region, Samuel //Hoëbeb said it is mostly female victims that withdraw cases of domestic violence, and it has become a problem for police officers.
“The community should know that NamPol has few resources which will be used economically. These resources will not be used on habitual reporters – people known for reporting and then withdrawing cases on a regular basis,” explained //Hoëbeb, adding that domestic violence cases are mostly committed when people are under the influence of alcohol.
//Hoëbeb cited as an example a case reported in Uis (Erongo Region) of a house that was burned down by a jealous boyfriend, and then the victim made a case against the accused.
As the investigations were underway, the victim withdrew the case against the suspect, he added.
“The public should be aware from now on that if a victim wants to withdraw a case, he or she should do it in a court of law to explain to the prosecution authority why they wasted the time and the resources of NamPol,” he said.
In addition, the commissioner indicated that 21 cases of rape in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay were reported between January and July this year.
Five of those cases involved minors between the ages of five and eight, while 10 cases of rape involved children between the age of 11 and 17.
Six adults were raped during that period.
Meanwhile, //Hoëbeb said the quantity of drugs seized during the same period in the Erongo Region amounts to N.dollars 76 172.
The drugs confiscated include cannabis, cocaine powder, 63 pieces of crack cocaine and mandrax tablets.
The drugs were confiscated at various places, amongst others public busses, trains, couriers and trucks.
On the issue of shebeens, //Hoëbeb advised the public and especially those who are operating shebeens, to adhere to the legal requirements to operate a shebeen and to comply with the law.