KEETMANSHOOP: The /Hai-/Khaua Traditional Authority Chief in Berseba Johannes Isaak says plans are underway to establish a traditional court that will conduct hearings and punish offenders in that area.
Isaak was speaking to Nampa upon inquiry, in a telephonic interview Saturday.
Isaak stated that arrangements for a community workshop on traditional courts procedures and composition among others were already made by his office last week.
He noted that it is not clear when the workshop will start but it might be mid next week.
The chief explained that as soon as all the processes to establish a traditional court is covered then they will start establish one for Berseba.
“Stock theft is one of the problem that our community is faced with, and our people has been asking what the traditional authority is doing to punish the criminals, that’s why we have decided to start working on implementing the traditional court,” Isaak said.
Furthermore the chief said the community is faced with drug smuggling problem and that also contributed to the authority’s decision to establish a traditional court.
“Our people have really shown interest in having a traditional court and we have informed them that we are busy following procedures to establish one,” /Hai-/Khaua chief said.
Immediately after he was sworn in on May 2011, a land board that will register customary land rights was establish.
Berseba is situated about 120 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region.