Traditional leaders must assist in the arrest of GBV perpetrator

08 Sep 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba commended traditional leaders for taking a stand against gender-based violence.
Speaking at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders on Monday, Pohamba said the theme ‘Traditional leaders against gender-based violence’ was in line with the fulfilment of their mandate to address important social issues.
The president said this theme was particularly fitting as in recent years, Namibia has witnessed an alarming increase in gender-based violence.
“Especially the brutal and senseless killing of women and children, who are the most vulnerable members in our society,” he stressed.
Pohamba said this event was part of the various interventions Government had initiated to address this scourge.
Others included the hosting of the National Conference on GBV; the launching of the ‘Zero Tolerance for GBV’ mass media campaign; the National Prayer Day; and ongoing training on GBV and Human Trafficking for key stakeholders, traditional leaders included.
The Namibian leader also welcomed efforts by Traditional Authorities to assist law-enforcement agencies in the timely arrest of perpetrators of GBV.
Pohamba then called on traditional authorities to continue inculcating cultural values, acceptable norms and ethical conduct amongst their people to help guide their ultimate conduct and behaviour.
They were also urged to advise their communities to reject anti-social behaviours, such as alcohol and drug abuse.
“This will greatly contribute towards building safer communities, where our women and girls live in peace without fear and without becoming victims of criminals,” Pohamba said.