WINDHOEK: The Major of the City of Windhoek, Agnes Kafula urged the government and all stakeholders to come together in an effort to curb criminal activities in the capital city.
Kafula who joined the ‘dangerous and risky’ City Police night patrol all over the city in an effort to curb crime and keep the city a safer place said crime in the city is giving a bad image to the city. The operation started on Friday evening at 20h00 and ended at around 03h00.
‘Everyone wants to be associated with the capital city and having such incidents happening is giving a bad picture to the city,’ said the major.
She condemned incidents of women being stabbed by their boyfriends adding that women are no longer safe when around men. ‘Maybe we should reduce the time of shebeens opening or putting on hold the issuing of liquor licenses that allow bars to operate until late hours,’ she proposed.
The operation started with the chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime briefing his men and women in uniforms about procedures to be followed for the operation. He also took the opportunity to introduce the major to the officers including the new recruits that just joined the City Police and part of the night’s operation.
The major was joined for the night among others by the former major Elaine Trepper, national Council Deputy Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams and the famous weather presenter Jennifer Moeti.
The night that started off quite got hitted up as the City Police got inundated with calls coming from the public on life threatening incidents.
At around 22h00 the police was called in to a case of domestic violence in Okahandja park informal where a young woman was stabbed several times by her boyfriend. The couple have a two-month old baby girl. According to a neighbour who spoke to Nampa on conditions of anonymity, the couple who stay together got engaged into arguments after few days ago.
The major assisted with comforting the baby while the paramedics were busy attending to her unconscious mother. The suspect was arrested at the scene.
At around 23h30 the major and her team had to witness the arrest in a river bed opposite Oponganda cemetry. The incident happened when Chief Kanime lead the group to observe the surrounding of what is known as a ‘notorious’ river bed where people are raped and robbed off their belongings.
While busy crossing the river bed the undercover City Police officers who were busy ambushing criminals shouted out for a back up. The whole group was ordered by Kanime to go flat on the ground for security reasons. The police arrested a suspected criminal who was found in the river bed and was taken to the City Police offices for screening his criminal record.
WINDHOEK: Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula on Friday evening urged the government and all stakeholders to come together in an effort to curb criminal activities in the city.
Kafula said this while on patrol with City Police officers on their night rounds all over the city.
She was joined by among others former mayor Elaine Trepper, National Council Deputy Chairperson Margaret Mensah-Williams, spiritual leader Jennifer Moeti and members of the media.
The operation started on Friday evening at 20h00, and ended at about 03h00 Saturday morning.
It kicked off with the Chief of the City Police Abraham Kanime briefing his men and women in uniform as well as the dignitaries and reporters about procedures to be followed during the operation.
The patrol started off quite, and at about 22h00 the police was called to a case of domestic violence in the Okahandja Park informal settlement, where a young woman was stabbed several times by her live-in boyfriend.
The mayor assisted by comforting the couple’s two-month-old baby girl, while paramedics were busy attending to her unconscious mother. The suspect was arrested at the scene.
Kafula said women are no longer safe around men.
“Maybe we should reduce the time shebeens are open or put on hold the issuing of liquor licences that allow bars to operate until late hours,” she proposed.
The mayor further said crime in the city is giving it a bad image.
“Everyone wants to be associated with the capital, and having such incidents of crime is giving a bad picture to the city,” said the mayor.
At around 23h30, the mayor witnessed the arrest of a suspected criminal in a riverbed opposite the Oponganda cemetery in the Grysblok area.
Kanime led the group of officials and members of the media to the ‘notorious’ riverbed, where many people have been robbed of their belongings, injured and raped.
While crossing the riverbed, undercover City Police officers who were busy surveying the area, shouted for back-up.
Kanime then ordered everyone to duck for safety reasons.
The police then arrested a suspected criminal found in the riverbed with a pair of pliers, and took him the City Police headquarters to screen his criminal record.