THE Namibian Police Force in the Ohangwena Region has recorded a total of 755 Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases from January 2020 to February 2021.
Ohangwena Regional Commander, Commissioner Elizabeth Sibolile said although GBV is experienced throughout Namibia of which figures in Ohangwena are of concern.
Sibolile made the remarks while addressing women during the International Women’s Day celebration organized by Swapo Party at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday.
Sibolile stated cases such as murder, rape, human trafficking, assault by threat, and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm have become a thorn in the flesh of the police in the region.
Out of 755 cases reported, Sibolile stated that 202 are rape cases, 2 are Human Trafficking cases and 541 are cases ranging from assault GBH, assault by threat, common assault, attempted murder, attempted rape, arson, and malicious damage to property.
“The police have managed to arrest and bring before the court a total of 493 suspects,” she said.
Sibolile indicated that 95% of all the cases reported women and the girl child are victims.
She explained that most of the cases of GBV are committed by people known and trusted by victims, this putting women and girls in an impossible situation as they do not know where to turn for help and support.
Sibolile noted that women and girls are not safe in their own homes, let alone on the streets.
Speaking at the same occasion, the vice president of the Swapo Party Netumbo Ndaitwah, said she was ashamed by Ohangwena being the one leading in GBV.
“We are losing our morals and culture. Ohangwena we need to talk to our inner child,” she said, before asking the inhabitants of Ohangwena to go back to their roots.
Ndaitwah stated that she was not interested in asking Namibian to fight crime, but rather call on people to leave crime and find inner peace.