CoW faces warrants of arrest backlog

13 Feb 2015 07:10am
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - More than 15 000 warrants of arrest have been issued by the Namibian Police (NamPol)’s Traffic Law-Enforcement Unit in Windhoek since 01 January 2010.
NamPol Warrant Officer Zachariah Amakali told Nampa upon enquiry on Thursday that 1 7923 warrants were issued to motorists who were violating traffic laws and failed to pay their admission of guilt fees.
The Traffic Unit also has outstanding warrants of arrest which they are ready to execute, and as such are calling on the public to voluntarily visit their offices and enquire about their fines.
Some of the warrants of arrest were issued as far back as 2009.
“A letter came from the court, instructing us and the City Police to send back the warrants because there were too many,'' he stated.
In 2014 alone, a total of 5 030 warrants of arrest were issued for traffic and municipal by-law related offences.
A meeting was held by the municipality to establish a special court to deal with unresolved criminal and traffic cases, as well as those involving the violation of municipal by-laws.
The Namibian Police, City Police and the Road Traffic and Transport Inspectorate of the Roads Authority currently all enforce traffic laws in Windhoek, and offenders are all prosecuted in the Traffic Court at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.