Nampol's iron lady takes aim at curfew breakers

01 September 2020 | Police

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK



The iron lady of the Namibian police, Inspector Christina Fonsech, has expressed disappointment in the manner in which Windhoek residents are flouting the state of emergency regulations, including the 20:00 to 05:00 curfew introduced to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

When asked what the biggest challenges were that police officers were encountering during their patrols, Fonsech said alcohol and uncooperative youngsters.

“Our biggest challenge is young people, the influence of alcohol, there is no discipline on the ground. Most of the time when you talk to them, they are drunk,” she said. Fonsech, who heads the Khomas police community affairs desk, and her team rounded up several residents between 23:00 and 01:00 on Sunday morning and assembled them in a parking lot opposite the Windhoek central police station.





Fonsech scolded the group, calling them out for breaking the state of emergency regulations.

Explaining the move, Fonsech said the police officers on duty during that time were merely doing their job.

“We are just doing our job, it seems as if the members of the public are ignorant about everything,” she said.

“It was at about midnight, 01:00 when we found these people… are they being serious [about Covid-19]? Do they care?” said Fonsech.

According to her the police need to discipline residents who break the rules.



'Take virus seriously'

Fonsech implored members of the public to take the measures seriously.

“Every single citizen must understand the situation and must take this virus very seriously,” she said.

Fonsech said it was also necessary for members of the public to assist law enforcement where possible and to report incidents where there are mass gatherings.

“We are not politicians, we are officers enforcing the law,” Fonsech asked.

According to her, the police are not biased in doing their jobs.

Fonsech further encouraged members of the public to join neighbourhood watch groups and anti-crime networks to assist the police.

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