WINDHOEK: Six shebeens were closed Thursday afternoon in the Katutura Police Station’s jurisdiction.
No arrests were made.
This kind of blitz operation on shebeens will become a regular sight in the area and region, until the issue of illegal shebeens is solved.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Regional Commander for the Khomas Region, Commissioner Festus Shilongo on Wednesday made it clear that time is running out for those who operate shebeens illegally.
Katutura Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Ismael Basson led the operation in his area, during which several liquor licences were confiscated as it is believed to be forged.
The documentation and signatures will be verified, as it is suspected that a person or syndicate is selling forged liquor licenses.
Basson told members of the media, who accompanied them during the operation, that last year, no less than 500 shebeens were counted in his area, but now there are already more than 800.
“This is reason for concern, as it is at places like these where crime is committed, while the excessive noise pollution prevents residents from resting properly,” he said.
Basson added that if found trading with no or forged licences, such shebeen operators will be arrested.