EDITORIAL

13 September 2021 | Opinion

The Ombudsman’s recently-released report fingering the police as the top human rights offender in the country has confirmed the sentiments of many who have over the years complained about the heavy-handedness of the armed forces when dealing with civilians.



Police brutality has resulted in police and members of the public not seeing eye to eye, making community policing goals difficult to attain.

With police officers having become perpetrators instead of protectors, the current state of affairs must be addressed by those leading the security cluster to reverse the upward trend of abuse.

It’s no secret that the police have lost several court cases after members of the public approached the courts for assistance, and this continues to cost taxpayers millions.

Arbitrary arrests and incarceration of offenders under inhumane conditions have also become the order of the day as members of armed forces blatantly abuse their power instead of following set protocols.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has further worsened things, with officers using regulations to effect arbitrary arrests.

Last year, a group of independent United Nations experts recalled that "the prohibition of arbitrary detention is absolute even during times of public emergencies", and urged governments worldwide to prevent deprivation of liberty in the context of the measures adopted for controlling the spread of the virus.

The police must at all times act professionally in the execution of their duties if they ever hope to win back public trust and support.

Similar News

 

EDITORIAL: Men lost in abortion discourse

2 hours ago | Opinion

The abortion debate limped on yesterday, and perhaps recorded a major breakthrough when the ministry of health admitted that it’s time the country legalised the...

Education ministry takes over ECD centre

2 hours ago | Opinion

SEM SHINOAfter nearly three decades of rendering support services to hearing-impaired children in Namibia, the Association for Children with Language, Speech and Hearing Impairments of...

The learners of Pro-Ed Academy shared which study tips...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Opinion

Ceara SinclairI’m a grade 8 learner and I like to make bullet points on my notes as it helps me remember stuff easily. I also...

EDITORIAL: Open-minded debate needed

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Opinion

The current abortion debate is filled with emotion, often revolving around moral, legal and religious arguments.The sides involved are the self-described "pro-choice" and "pro-life" movements....

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Opinion

Tuwilika EliasMy name is Tuwilika Elias. I am doing my master’s degree in public affairs at the University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri State) in the...

Editorial

2 days ago - 18 October 2021 | Opinion

The genocide debate in the National Assembly the past few weeks, as well as the interest it generated, has signalled the seriousness of the matter,...

EDITORIAL: No to forced vaccinations

5 days ago - 15 October 2021 | Opinion

We must encourage vaccination with every joule of energy we have, but must never force them upon anyone.We are pro-vaccination hardliners, but not to the...

Education ministry takes over Early Childhood Development Centre

5 days ago - 15 October 2021 | Opinion

SEM SHINO After nearly three decades of rendering support services to hearing-impaired children in Namibia, the Association for Children with Language, Speech and Hearing Impairments...

GUEST EDITORIAL: A good day for Namibia

6 days ago - 14 October 2021 | Opinion

JANA-MARI SMITH Minutes before a High Court judge ruled on the fate of a two-year-old boy, his parents and siblings, those taking...

EDITORIAL: The left hand doesn't know what the right...

1 week ago - 13 October 2021 | Opinion

Police procuring 25 vehicles from private dealerships despite a standing order for all public institutions to buy from the government-owned vehicle assembly plant at Walvis...

Latest News

Police on trail of deadly...

12 hours ago | Crime

Omusati police are requesting for public assistance to help apprehend armed robbers who stormed Pep Store at Onandjaba in Okalongo and shot a male guard...

Failing should be even greater...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | People

Wetumwene Shikage Martins is a 26-year-old Namibian entrepreneur born and raised in Ondangwa. He approached one of the most challenging phases in his youth which...

Vehicle prices locally on a...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUGlobal shipping constraints and reduced production, resulting in delayed imports, are some of the factors that are driving up vehicle prices in Namibia.According to...

Body found in Kavango River...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Crime

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDUThe body of Engidius Kayanguya (35) from Rundu’s Sauyemwa township was found floating in the Kavango River last Monday with...

Church, civil society butt heads...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Voices for Choices and Rights Coalition wants abortion to be legalised up to the seventh month of pregnancy,...

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Picture Gallery

Miss Namibia 2021, Chelsi Shikongo, and her runner-up, Annerrie Maré, both received cars to help them fulfil their duties. For the first time since Pupkewitz...

Blowing out somebody else’s candle...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Youth

Emilie MandumeThe ‘We Care’ project was established under the School of Destiny Association (SODA) Consultancy and launched in February 2021. The initial aim is to...

The learners of Pro-Ed Academy...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Opinion

Ceara SinclairI’m a grade 8 learner and I like to make bullet points on my notes as it helps me remember stuff easily. I also...

Save the economy by getting...

1 day - 19 October 2021 | Economics

STAFF REPORTERSpeakers at the ‘Pandenomics’ webinar recently hosted by Nedbank Namibia and Simonis Storm, and supported by Nedbank Business Banking and Nedbank Private Wealth, have...

Load More