Video: Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba requesting the public to cooperate with law enforcement officers. – Footage: Niël Terblanché
THE second phase of Operation Hornkranz will bring the full force of the Namibian Police, the Namibian Defence Force, municipal law enforcement components as well as civilian law prevention bodies to bear on general lawlessness in the various towns of the Erongo Region.
President Hage Geingob launched Operation Hornkranz in December last year and delivered resounding successes. The second phase f the operation already started on the first day of April and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June this year.
In this regard the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region have urged the public to cooperate with the various law enforcement bodies involved in the crime fighting operation to avoid unnecessary confrontations and altercations.
The Commander of Community Affairs in the Erongo Region, Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba said during a briefing that general lawlessness caused by especially excessive alcohol use will not be tolerated at all. People driving under the influence of alcohol will also face the full wrath of the law.
Warrant Officer Shapumba also said the people caught growing cannabis plants at their places of residence will also be dealt with severely. He said despite the recent advocacy for the legalisation of cannabis should not create a false sense of security among the users of the illicit drug.
“It is still against the law for people to have dagga in their possession or to grow the plants at their homes. If we find people that have dagga on them or growing they will be arrested and prosecuted and the police will keep on doing their job until such time that the law is changed,” he said.
He indicated that officer will be focussing the attention on businesses that sell liquor like bars, clubs and shebeens.
Consumers of liquor urged to drink responsibly, while liquor outlet owners are requested to adhere to the liquor law and adhere to the hours they are allowed to do business.
“Patrons caught on the premises of any business where alcohol is sold with any kind of weapon will be dealt with severely. No reason exists for people to be walking around at night armed with knives, pangas, spears, fire arms or other dangerous weapons. People will be stopped and searched and if a weapon of any kind is found in their possession it will be confiscated and such a person might even face arrest.”
Since the start of the second phase of Operation Hornkranz at the bedining of April officers have already confiscated more than 500 dangerous weapons. Most of the dangerous items are knives, pangas and other kinds of sharp objects such as spears and improvised weapons. The weapns have since been destroyed.
Warrant Officer Shapumba also said business owners operating outside the allocated hours can also expect strict action by law enforcement.
“What we have found is that proprietors who own the business they run is more likely to adhere to the rules. Those renting businesses are usually the people we struggle with during operations of this kind. In such cases we usually take up the complaints with the owner of the property as well.”
Warrant Officer Shapumba said the public should understand that the crime prevention operation is in their best interest and that people should abide and cooperate with the law enforcement officers when they find themselves in such a situation.