Alcohol fuelling crime at Leonardville

05 Feb 2014 14:00pm
LEONARDVILLE, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Leonardville have been battling to bring the spate of alcohol-related crimes at the village under control, with almost every second crime reported being linked to alcohol.
The Station Commander of the Leonardville Police Station, Warrant Officer Kauli Amukwaya told Nampa on Wednesday alcohol-related crimes - some of which result in fatalities - have been on the increase at the town.
Amukwaya said the rise in the number of places trading in alcohol illegally have also fuelled the situation as every other house sells alcohol, especially traditional home brews.
“Most of the assault cases we receive here at the station are usually a result of alcohol. We have found that the perpetrators are in most cases under the influence of alcohol when some of these crimes are being committed,” she said.
The brewing and selling of illicit alcohol, some of which is mixed with foreign and hazardous substances to make them stronger, has been a constant problem for the law-enforcement agency at the town.
According to Amukwaya, the police have been doing their best to bring order at liquor selling outlets in order to minimise criminal activities at such places, but their efforts are yet to fully pay off.
“It is difficult to bring such things under control. These people can brew almost anything by adding strange substances to the drinks and they will then sell it to the public. It is really a big concern for us here,” she noted.
Leonardville is situated 134 kilometres south of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
It is among the region’s poorest areas due to the limited economic prospects at the town, according to the Omaheke Region’s regional poverty profile.