Cops flooded with 6 000 GBV cases

26 October 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

A total of 5 961 gender-based violence (GBV) were reported nationally from September 2019 to September this year, while 1 145 protection orders were issued during this period.

The regions with the highest GBV cases are Khomas (2 531), Oshana (560), Ohangwena (533), Hardap (502) and Omusati (336).

These statistics were highlighted in a presentation during a meeting on Friday between the police and youth involved in the recent #ShutItAllDown protests.

892 cases withdrawn

According to the statistics, 3 116 people were arrested for GBV cases during the reporting period, while 2 595 cases have gone to court, 892 have been withdrawn and 2 883 are under investigation.

Meanwhile, 900 GBV cases have been finalised and 712 people have been convicted, while there have been 378 acquittals.

Only four rape cases finalised

Rape statistics indicate that from September 2019 to September this year 896 cases were reported with 604 arrests, while 594 cases went to court.

Furthermore, 25 cases have been withdrawn, while 125 are under investigation.

Four cases have been finalised, while there have been three convictions and nine acquittals.

The regions with the highest rape cases are Ohangwena (218), Khomas (162), Omusati (87), Hardap (69) and Kavango East (60).

Segregated data for rape cases recorded between January and December last year show that 711 cases were reported involving 344 adult female victims, 13 adult male victims, 330 girls and 16 boys.

Khomas is murder central

With regards to murder, 74 cases were reported during the reporting period, with 64 suspects having been arrested and 64 cases having gone to court.

No cases have been withdrawn or finalised and no convictions have been recorded. Ten cases are still under investigation.

The regions with the highest prevalence of murder are Khomas (16), Ohangwena (15), Kunene (eight), Omusati (six) and Omaheke (five).

‘Complex’ cases

Highlighting some challenges, the police said GBV incidents are very complex and hard to detect and prevent before they occur.

Cases are also withdrawn so they can be settled at traditional authority level, or due to the influence of a family member or because the victim has forgiven the suspect.

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