Pohamba urges judiciary to remain vigilant

09 Feb 2015 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday strongly appealed to all Namibians involved in the Judiciary to continue making efforts to reinforce public confidence and respect for the country's legal system.
The Namibian Head of State made this appeal at the official launch of the Judiciary's 2015 Legal Year here on Friday.
Pohamba also called on all Namibians, and particularly the Judiciary and members of the legal fraternity, to remain vigilant and to do their utmost best to help sustain the stability of the Namibian courts as well as to help maintain peace and security in the country.
He said the wave of violent crimes in the country represent a deplorable blemish on the social fabric, as innocent women and children bear the brunt of senseless violent attacks on a daily basis.
“As law-abiding citizens, we are appalled by such barbaric attacks. For their safety, our people look up to our courts and the criminal justice system to protect them from the perpetrators of these violent attacks,” he said.
The president said the criminal justice system should spare no efforts in combating crimes and ensuring that justice is done to punish the perpetrators of these attacks of violence.
With regard to the ever-increasing cases of rape and domestic violence, Pohamba told the judges, magistrates and members of the legal fraternity that strict bail conditions must be applied in order to protect the complainants from victimisation, threats and further violence by perpetrators.
The launch of the Judiciary's Legal Year was graced by Prime Minister and President-elect Dr Hage Geingob.