Round-up of under-age drinkers continues in //Karas

25 Feb 2014 13:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – Twenty-two more boys and girls aged between 14 and 17 were rounded up by the police at clubs and shebeens in the //Karas Region from Thursday to Saturday.
Karasburg tops the list with 12 minors, followed by Lüderitz with seven, two in Aussenkehr and one in Koës village.
Earlier this month, 29 youngsters were gathered by the police, warned and taken home.
The exercise forms part of efforts by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region to keep learners and underage people at home, because many of them go to shebeens and clubs to consume alcohol, amongst other things.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, NamPol’s //Karas Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute said the police together with some parents are trying to discourage the use of alcohol and clubbing, so that the youth can focus on their education.
He said as usual, these teenagers were taken to the police charge offices where their names were registered and later taken home.
Some parents applauded the police for disciplining the children, but others said it is the children’s right to do what they want.
Shivute was quick to note that no minors were found by police at drinking places in Keetmanshoop this time around - last time 24 minors were found roaming at night in this town.
“The operations will continue on random days of the week and weekends. I, therefore, warn bar owners and other businesspeople selling liquor that we will issue a N.dollars 2 000 fine to owners when an underage person is found inside their bars or shebeens,” the commissioner said.
He also expressed worry regarding the high rate of murders in the region lately, saying people must avoid abusing alcohol as it is the main cause of such crimes.
Since 01 January 2014 to 24 February 2014, six people were killed in alcohol-related fights in //Karas.
“Quit committing crime, it does not benefit anyone,” he said.
The regional commander added that in order to prevent gender-based violence and murder, women must lead from the front by reporting any kind of abuse or violence they may encounter.
“This will enable them to receive help, enjoy their lives, and encourage them not to turn a blind eye when their neighbours are in such situations,” he stressed.