PG calls for a speedy justice system

17 Oct 2018 17:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 OCT (NAMPA) – Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa on Wednesday urged public prosecutors to finalise court cases speedily.
Imalwa was speaking during a stakeholders’ consultative meeting here with members of the Namibian Police Force, Police Public Relations Committee, prosecutors as well as members of the neighbourhood watch groups in the Erongo Region.
She reiterated the concern that the Namibian judiciary system is too slow as cases are not being dealt with within the stipulated time frame.
These delays, the PG said, are human made.
“It is about time people tasked to handle and deal with these issues re-evaluate themselves to determine whether they are contributing meaningfully to the justice system or if they are the ones causing them (delays),” she said.
Imalwa stated that police holding cells are packed with both guilty and innocent people who either cannot afford bail or whose investigations have been inconclusive, and thus advised prosecutors to drop cases which lack evidence and reason to prosecute.
“If there is no case, let it be known to the court and move on to the next actual cases.”
Imalwa alluded that the public is slowly losing faith in the justice system because cases drag on for years and there are at times no justice for them at the end.
“If this goes on, community members will take the law into their own hands and this is dangerous.”
She advised the police to carry out proper investigations in order to avoid cases being struck off the court roll or kept due to a lack of sufficient evidence.
The PG and a delegation of several advocates are visiting the different courts in the region since Monday to study all court dockets on the court roll.
(NAMPA)
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