GOBABIS: The high rate of stock theft cases, many of whom date back to over 10 years, has become a source of concern to the Police in the Omaheke Region.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Josephat Abel told Nampa in an interview on Thursday that the region has a lot of stock theft cases and many of them are unsolved to this day.
Commissioner Abel attributed the high number of cases to family feuds regarding ownership of cattle and other livestock.
He said of the total stock theft cases reported to the police, less than half are genuine cases of livestock theft, with the remainder forming the bulk of family disputes.
“We are dealing with a huge backlog of cases, with at least five new cases of stock theft reported every day. We are looking at different ways how to address these cases, such as mediating between family members, but this is yet to bear results,” he said.
Omaheke, due to its livestock population, is often a target for stock theft syndicates, and farmers continue to lose their livestock to such practices.
Although the police have managed to bring such cases under control, Abel admitted that more still needs to be done to bring the situation back to normal.
“We have been mobilising all our efforts to bring the situation under control, but such changes will not happen overnight. I am, however, convinced that we are on the right path,” he said.
Other than stock theft, increasing cases of suicide, burglary and rape also pose a challenge to the functioning of the police in the region, said Abel.