Words are not enough to fight violence against women: MP

13 Feb 2014 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - The Chief Whip of the ruling Swapo-Party, Prof Peter Katjavivi says words alone are not enough to stop the killings of Namibian women.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday shortly after the official opening of the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament, he said matters have now gone out of hand.
“What has Namibia turned into?” questioned Katjavivi.
He stated that the government needs to find concrete solutions, and take radical action against those committing crimes against women in the country.
The MP also expressed the need to revisit the legal system.
“We need to work together as a nation, and make sure that there are no hiding places for such characters,” he stressed.
Parents should also talk to their children on the value of self-respect and respect for others, added the politician.
His comments followed yet another killing.
A Karasburg woman was allegedly stoned to death by her boyfriend Erastus Myanyukweni at Karasburg last week.
Adel Gaoses allegedly used N.dollars 200 which belonged to her boyfriend to buy food, which led to a fight between the two.
On Saturday, a 24-year-old woman was laid to rest after being decapitated by her boyfriend at Oshakati last week.
The boyfriend, Ananias Ekongo Nailenge, has since admitted to the killing, and is currently in police custody.
During his address whilst opening the Ninth Session of the Fifth Parliament, President Hifikepunye Pohamba also called on Namibian men to stop the violence.