13 Jun 2019 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 13 JUN (NAMPA)- There are socio-economic issues within the southern regions around violence that need specific and targeted programmes for violence and sustained abuse to be curbed, First Lady, Monica Geingos has said.
Speaking during the inauguration of the refurbished Female Correctional Centre at the Windhoek Correctional Facility here on Wednesday, Geingos said even though it is a sensitive issue to talk about, the statistics from the law enforcement agencies of violent crimes committed in the south are alarming.
'I am going to be clear here because I know we live in such a tribalised world, where potentially tomorrow someone is going to say the First Lady is saying southerners are violent and I am not,' she clarified.
Geingos added that there is a need to better understand the relationship of landlessness, farm workers and their children as well as why they end up in correctional facilities.
'Normally if you are looking for your marginalised, you look at your correctional facilities. In America, African Americans are a small part of the population but they are over-represented in prisons, which shows you there is a crisis in that community,' she stressed.
Geingos added what can be seen here is that there is a crisis in certain communities and without pursuing a tribal agenda, the problem will not be solved without looking at specific and targeted programmes that look at the issues.
'When you come here, you understand the challenges of the poor because they are a big constituent of the people in the correctional facilities. You understand the issues of the uneducated, because again, education is an issue of the 4 000 plus that in here. At least 1 000 are in educational programmes,' she added.
Geingos further noted that the oppressed and the marginalised are in prisons and that there is a correlation with landlessness because the land is a safety net.
'The statistics in these facilities are important determinants of the kind of interventions that we must have,' she said.