The police say although Namibia enjoys peace and stability and rule of law, there are several crimes of concern that pose a challenge to the police. Among crimes that present a challenge to the police are: murder, theft, robbery, domestic violence, drug trafficking, rape, fraud and cybercrime.
Such crimes do not only create fear among law-abiding citizens, but also uncertainty for investors who may perceive the local environment not to be conducive to investing their money, the police say. This all came to light when Minister of Safety and Security Rtd. Major-General Charles Namoloh made his budget motivation for the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
He stressed his main concern is gender-based violence (GBV), passion killings in particular. He appealed to church leaders, traditional authorities, school principals, as well as parliamentarians to assist law enforcers to curb the occurrence and commissioning of such crimes in the country.
He further issued a clarion call to all men to change their mindset on the fight against GBV, adding that the onus rests on all men to bring to an end the scourge of senseless killings of mothers, daughters, children and sisters by some men, who turned themselves into the killing machines of the innocent and vulnerable.
Namoloh said Namibia continues to maintain excellent cooperation with all neighbouring countries and that without the ongoing mutual assistance, understanding and cooperation, it would be very difficult – if not impossible – fight crime, especially cross- border and transnational organised crime.
Namibia maintains joint permanent cCommissions on defence and sSecurity with Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. All security-related matters are openly discussed at those platforms and joint programmes of actions are designed during those meetings at ministerial level.
He said this cooperation with neighbouring states is further consolidated through the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organs on Security and Defence, hence Namibia remains a member of the SADC Standby Force Brigade.