07 May 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAY (NAMPA) Operation Hornkranz will end Friday and another operation will start immediately thereafter.
This was announced by Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector General, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga during a media briefing on Tuesday, where he explained the end of Operation Hornkranz and the beginning of Operation Kalahari Desert.
Operation Hornkranz, which Ndeitunga said was successful, is a joint operation between NamPol and Namibian Defence Force (NDF) launched in December to combat crime and the potential loss of lives and property during the festive season.
The second phase of the operation started on 01 April 2019.
I would like to inform you that Operation Hornkranz will cease on 10 May 2019. However, another police-led law enforcement operation code-named Operation Kalahari Desert will commence nationwide immediately thereafter, he said.
Operation Kalahari Desert will run in phases until the end of the year, with the same objective as that of Operation Hornkranz, which is to combat illegal activities and will involve NamPol, NDF, the City Police (in Windhoek), and Customs.
He therefore urged the public to cooperate during such operations while warning against misconduct, saying it will not be accepted.
As we embark on the new operation; lawlessness, undermining of authority, obstructing of law officers, unruliness and other unbecoming behaviour will not be tolerated and therefore, I urge the public nationwide, to cooperate with law enforcement officers, Ndeitunga said.
He said the community should appreciate the significance of such operations for their safety and security.
Considering numerous allegations of violence from the public against NamPol and NDF members during Operation Hornkranz, Ndeitunga also urged the law enforcement officers to avoid the use of unnecessary force or violence during the operations as it is against the law and standard operating procedures.