26 rape cases involving minors reported in July, August

31 Aug 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has recorded 26 rape cases involving minors, emanating mostly from the northern regions of the country during July and August this year.

According to a media statement issued by Head of NamPol's Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi on Friday, there has been an upward trend in rape cases involving minor victims, especially in the northern parts of Namibia.

Between 11 and 18 July, 13 rape cases were reported, five of which were perpetrated against minor victims, where seven suspects were arrested in the Oshana, Omusati, Otjozondjupa and Kavango West regions, while 10 cases were reported, of which four involved minors between 25 and 31 July in the Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati, Omaheke and //Kharas regions.

Between 05 and 11 August, 17 cases were reported in the Erongo, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions, where nine involved minors and six people were arrested.

Over the period of 18 to 24 August, a further 17 cases were reported, eight of which involved minors. These cases were recorded in Erongo, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati and Omaheke regions, where suspects in all the cases were arrested.

“We hereby appeal to all parents and the public at large to be vigilant when looking after minors as this will prevent their young children from becoming victims,” Kanguatjivi added.