Mensah-Williams warns against withdrawal of domestic abuse cases

19 Sep 2016 14:00pm
GOBABIS, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the National Council (NC), Margaret Mensah-Williams said the withdrawal of domestic abuse cases by the victims is a serious problem in Namibia.
Mensah-Williams, who made the remarks during a consultative meeting with members of the community here on Friday, said the withdrawal of domestic abuse cases, along with teenage pregnancies, and alcohol and drug abuse, are some of the problems that continue to haunt communities.
She was in Gobabis as part of the NC Women Caucus outreach programme to sensitise community members on gender issues.
Mensah-Williams also used the platform to appeal to the public to prepare contributions for input into discussions on the Liquor Amendment Bill 2016 public hearing.
“We are here to listen to you and hear your concerns on issues facing the community, especially on gender matters. At the same time, I want you to prepare your contributions so that you can give them during the public hearing on the Liquor Amendment Bill,” she said.
Many of those present during the meeting urged the NC chairperson to critically look into the mushrooming of liquor trading outlets, especially shebeens in residential areas.
They said such proliferation of shebeens has made liquor easily accessible, especially to young adults and underage youth, who turn violent after consuming alcohol.
“We are suffering at the hands of our own children. In fact, our children have become the ‘parents’ now, as they do as they please and have no respect for authority at all. We need this shebeen issue taken care of soon, else we are raising children for prisons and the grave,” a pensioner, Alta Rooinasie said during the meeting.
Others at the meeting pinned the blame squarely on law enforcement agencies and local municipalities for apparently failing to control shebeens and other liquor trading outlets.
“It is becoming almost impossible these days to have peace of mind in your own home. Our houses are entirely surrounded by shebeens, which makes it hell living there. When one shebeen closes, the other one still remains open – often until the early hours of the morning,” Jacob Kahite said.
The NC Standing Committee on Public Accounts and Economy will conduct public hearings on the Bill in selected regions, of which Omaheke is one, between 16 and 29 September 2016.