Rehoboth women police march against drugs and violence

22 Nov 2016 17:20pm
REHOBOTH, 22 NOV (NAMPA) - The town of Rehoboth was Tuesday morning greeted with chants of “No more selling of drugs, no more violence, stop alcohol abuse,” when approximately 25 women Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers and community members marched down the streets in protest of social evils.
The march was organised by the NamPol officers to raise awareness of vigilance among the people of Rehoboth to refrain from alcohol and drug abuse, and gender based violence (GBV).
The march started at Kavukiland and progressed through the town centre. The first stop was in Block E, where residents were made aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.
Addressing the community, Warrant Officer Lydia. Hochtritt said the women police officers had had enough of drug and alcohol abuse, which contributed greatly to GBV; not only towards women but also towards men.
“We the female officers along with the rest of the Rehoboth residents are now tired of GBV, and alcohol and drug abuse. We want to let you know that we will leave no stone unturned in apprehending the perpetrators of these crimes. It is time we stand up as community and address the social evils destroying our young people.”
Hochtritt urged the community to be part of the fight and report those that step outside of the law.
The session was closed with a prayer performed in a circle.
Resident, Jeanne Van Wyk reiterated Hochtritt’s call and said it was heart-breaking for people, especially women, to sell drugs to make a living.
“How does one sleep at night knowing you are busy destroying a human life? We should do self-introspection to see if it is what you really want. There is no place for drugs and GBV in Rehoboth. It is time for church leaders to stand up and join the fight.”
The march comes one day after a 36-year-old woman was on Monday sentenced to 6-months imprisonment for selling five cigarettes of cannabis worth about N.dollars 75 to an undercover police officer last Friday.
Pastor Frans Benn from the Evangelical Revival Ministries said it was shocking to know and read about the social evils in Rehoboth.
“Young people are looking for solace in drugs and alcohol, which in turn destroys their lives. Our communities should unite in fighting these evils destroying our future leaders.”
Supporting the march was United Peoples Movement Local Authority Councillor, Marietha Pickering.