GBV suspects are a disgrace: Sioka

12 Oct 2015 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) - Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka has requested the Namibian judiciary not to give bail to anyone facing charges of gender-based crimes.
The minister made this request when she on Monday visited family members of the two sisters, Jacqueline and Cecilia Kuaseua, who were brutally murdered last Friday.
Sioka said the face of anyone convicted of gender-based crimes should be exposed and not be covered or blurred out by the media, so that these criminals can be known by society.
“They should not be covered. We should know them so that when they are released from prison, we should restrain ourselves from them. They should be isolated,” she urged.
The two sisters’ bodies were found in a riverbed behind the Elim Primary School in the Khomasdal residential area after they were brutally murdered, allegedly by a male teacher from the Augustineum Secondary School.
He was arrested between 23h00 and 24h00 Friday while attempting to commit suicide.
The suspect, who reportedly consumed acidic liquid from a car battery, is currently undergoing treatment in a local hospital and is under police guard.
Sioka stressed that her ministry is not happy with the murder of the two and therefore condemned it, saying that it should never happen again in this country.
“We as the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare thought that teachers are our partners in routing out gender-based violence (GBV), instead it is turning into a different situation. The parents here have been robbed of their children, one of them who they’ve sent to that school,” she stressed.
The Gender Minister also cautioned women to study the history of any man before engaging in a relationship.
She was accompanied by her deputy Lucia Witbooi and some Members of Parliament, who donated N.dollars 1 100 cash and groceries to assist the family members and friends during their time of grieve.