Namibia needs to end the scourge of Gender-Based violence “very urgently”

Rudi Bowe

A total of 5 961 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) cases were reported in Namibia between September 2019 and September 2020. A total of 3 119 suspects in these cases were arrested of which 2 595 accused face prosecution. A total of 712 suspects were prosecuted in criminal courts throughout the country.

The commanding officer of the Namibian Police’s newly established SGBV-unit, Deputy Commissioner Johanna Situde, in a recent statement expressed grave concern over the status of SGBV in Namibia. She said a national effort, involving not only the authorities but the public at large, is needed to put an end to the scourge. Adding SGBV cases are most often very complex to detect, to investigate and to prosecute, as the crime is perpetrated behind closed doors within family units.  

According to Situde, Khomas Region has the highest rate of SGBV crimes (2 531 cases of the 6 900 cases), Oshana Region (560 cases), Ohangwena Region (533) Hardap Region (502) and Omusati Region 336 cases.

According to Deputy Commissioner Situde, the situation around SGBV is further aggravated by the fact that there is a severe shortage of shelters for victims of these crimes.

Many victims end up withdrawing cases as they have nowhere to turn to in their darkest hours of need.

Namibia can also not escape the reality that in most cases of SGBV men are the perpetrators. Note: Deputy Commissioner Situde did mention an upward trend in the number of female trespassers has been recorded of late.

“It is worth mentioning that men remain the main culprits in the commission of SGBV crimes, even though women perpetrating SGBV crimes are slightly increasing” Situde said. 

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