Omaheke NamPol warns against withdrawal of GBV cases

02 Feb 2018 15:30pm
GOBABIS, 02 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region has warned against the withdrawal of gender based violence (GBV) cases, noting that doing so cripples the justice system.
NamPol Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Andreas Haingura told Nampa on Thursday that the high number of withdrawals of GBV cases is a cause for serious concern.
He therefore called on victims of domestic violence to avoid withdrawing cases and instead allow the law to take its cause.
Haingura noted that GBV is a serious crime as lives can be lost through it, thus withdrawing such cases makes no logical sense.
“We are battling to control these cases and bring them down. As such, do not withdraw them – allow us and the justice system to deal with it and have perpetrators punished for their crimes,” he said.
He expressed delight at the fact that application for the withdrawal of such cases now rests with the courts and not the police as has been the case.
“It is a welcomed relief that the police do not deal with such cases anymore, as people now have to show to the court why withdrawing such cases will be beneficial to all concerned,” said Haingura.
The regional commander said the reason often given for the withdrawal of such cases has been that the perpetrator concerned is the family's breadwinner, and their stay behind bars will affect the family economically.
He however noted that human life was more important than economical benefits derived from would-be perpetrators of domestic violence.
“Your life is far more important than any form of economic benefit or support you get from people that do not value your life. Always think of your safety first,” Haingura noted.
Domestic violence in the Omaheke Region is said to be fuelled by the high rate of alcohol abuse.
Alcohol abuse, especially at Gobabis, has become a chronic problem with informal liquor trading outlets, where cheap traditional brews such as tombo are being sold, far outnumbering shebeen, he said.
He added that many people, especially the unemployed, spend hours at these liquor trading houses where they indulge in the excessive drinking of these home-brews.