Operation Basadi tackles GBV

Over 2 000 women drawn from the Namibian security cluster participated in the operation.

18 December 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT







WINDHOEK

A total of 1 342 bars and shebeens were inspected and 509 unlicensed liquor outlets were closed in Namibia during Operation Basadi, a SADC-wide initiative to fight gender-based violence (GBV).

The Namibian police chief, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said the decision to conduct the regional operation was taken at a meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO), held in Windhoek on 23 May.

He said Namibia and the other SADC member states conducted the operation from 9 to 11 December simultaneously.

It targeted suspects wanted for GBV and focused on serious crimes such as rape, murder, kidnapping, assault, online child sexual abuse and exploitation.

It further focused on domestic violence, child labour, child neglect, baby dumping and other related crimes.

In Namibia, over 2 000 women drawn from the security cluster participated in the operation.

These women were mostly from the police, Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Correctional Service, municipal police, government ministries as well as parastatal and civil society organisations.

Protecting women and children

One of the objectives of Operation Basadi was to reduce crimes committed against women and children.

According to Ndeitunga, 66 awareness campaigns on GBV and related crimes and social issues were held within local communities.

A total of 11 protection orders were served on defendants in terms of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act.

Furthermore, 108 arrests were executed for violation of the Combating of Violence Act and five arrests were made for violation of the Combating of Rape Act.

Ndeitunga added that 477 road traffic fines were issued valued at N$593 500.

Meanwhile, 232 illegal immigrants were arrested and 3 191 counterfeit items were confiscated, including clothes, cellphones, liquor, cigarettes and cosmetics.

Ten people were arrested for dealing in dagga and three arrests were executed for possession of unpolished diamonds.

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