Hardap records 229 stock theft cases

02 August 2021 | Crime



The Namibian police in the Hardap Region arrested 207 suspects in connection with 229 stock theft cases during the 2020/21 financial year.

Delivering his second State of the Region Address (SORA) at Mariental on Wednesday, Hardap governor Reverend Salomon April said the 229 stock theft cases involved 1 973 stolen large and small livestock valued at N$5 million.

The police only managed to recover livestock worth N$970 300.

Meanwhile, the governor also announced that 105 male and 17 female suspects were arrested in connection with 91 drug-related crimes during the period under review, with 7 581 kilogrammes of cannabis worth N$75 810; 3 655 kilogrammes of skunk worth N$102 750; Mandrax tablets worth N$97 800 and 18 units of crack cocaine worth N$1 800 confiscated.

Rehoboth a crime hotspot

The governor said the crime rate across the 14 police stations in the region range from 49% at Rehoboth, 22% at Mariental and 6% at Gibeon, with the lowest recorded - 0% - at Derm.

He added that 234 inmates at the Hardap correctional facility participated in the psychosocial rehabilitation programmes at the facility, which has saved the government over N$1 million with its horticulture and animal husbandry projects.

The projects are part of the government feeding programme for inmates and aim to promote self-sustainability.

“The correctional facility should be commended for the initiative. Other correctional facilities such as at Swakopmund, Tsumeb and Lüderitz also benefit from the produce of the Hardap Region,” he said.