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SPYL condemns ‘vigilante groups’, calls for NamRA investigation

SPYL condemns ‘vigilante groups’, calls for NamRA investigation

Zorena Jantze

FOLLOWING the unrest at China Town in the capital, the Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) condemned the incitement of violence and at the same time denounced actions and different treatments regarding imported counterfeit products in Namibia.

“The SPYL took note of the chaotic incident that took place on 12 May 2022 in China Town, Katutura, Windhoek where some members of the public decided to take the law into their own hands. The actions of alleged ‘crime control’ by vigilante groups is criminal and we call on all peaceful loving Namibians not to condone such behaviour or participate in it,” Ephraim Tuhadeleni Nekongo, SPYL secretary, said.

Nekongo also called on NamRA to investigate the public concerns and to ensure there is equal treatment in how the issue of counterfeit products is dealt with countrywide. He also said NamRA should ensure an increase in public awareness of their mandate, as well as the do’s and don’ts around business activities of this nature.

 

SPYL condemns NamRA investigation China Town Swapo counterfeit products Namibia
Ephraim Nekongo. Photo: SwapoParty.org

 

This comes after the local business community chastised the NamRA for the destruction of counterfeit goods worth N$5 million, some of which were confiscated from local business owners.

“We call on members of our society not to take matters into their own hands. We further direct them to approach the relevant institutions to express our grievances and demand for justice where this is necessary,” Nekongo said.

He added that these activities are a serious violation of public order and a subversion of the rule of law.

“As can be seen and heard from videos circulating on social media, it is clear that the individual concerned is inciting public disorder and violence. This is clear from the call to burn fake things or for those shops to be closed down. The unfortunate reaction and unlawful conduct by certain members of society is misplaced and should be strongly condemned for what it is, which is criminal in scope and nature,” Nekongo said.

He added that these disruptive behaviours are creating volatility in the business environment and are likely to negatively affect workers and therefore their livelihood.

“Namibia is a country of law and order and we should allow the institutions lawfully entrusted with the mandate to investigate and enforce the relevant law in respect of the issues our society is concerned about,” Nekongo said.

 

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