THE Namibian police in the Ohangwena Region are lamenting the inaction of members of the public whenever someone is injured as result of violent confrontations that happen mostly at drinking spots during nighttime.
The inaction is apparently the result of an unnecessary fear on being enlisted as a witness in the court of law.
Police spokesperson Kaume Itumba said that there is an increase in cases of physical fighting at shebeens that culminate in serious injuries and stab wounds, but the bystanders are becoming increasingly reluctant to render assistance by taking the injured to the nearest clinic or hospital.
Itumba said that such inaction is based on a misunderstanding of the law and an unwarranted fear of becoming a witness in court.
He said that even when privately owned vehicles are available, the villagers still wait for the police to arrive to take the injured to the hospital.
However, it is not always possible for the police to arrive at the scene on time due to the vastness of the region and the limited availability of police vehicles.
“This tendency of waiting for the arrival of the police places those who are injured at a risk of losing a lot of blood and possible death,” said Itumba.
He is encouraging villagers to provide immediate assistance to anyone who injured and not to wait for the arrival of the police.