‘Pay cops more’

GUN president Borro Ndungula says the low salaries police officers earn is the why they subject members of the public to abuse.

05 August 2020 | Crime

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

The Ganja Users Association (GUN) of Namibia has encouraged government to pay members of the police service more.

This call was made during a recent demonstration to denounce the treatment members of the public experience at the hands of the police.

The organisation's president Borro Ndungula said the low salaries police officers earn is the why they subject members of the public to abuse.

“Maybe some of the reasons they are beating people is because they are underpaid. We are calling on the line ministry or the inspector-general to give the police a raise,” he said.

“We know that police officers do not have houses and such, but they provide an essential service. This is also why we are calling for a raise,” he added.

Apartheid laws

The association urged the police not to use apartheid-era laws in the execution of their duties.

“How is it that our police officers are made to enforce apartheid-era laws that in ways violate people’s rights and freedoms, which are guaranteed to all Namibian citizens by the supreme law, the constitution? The very same document every man and woman in uniform swore to protect, defend and uphold?” Ndungula said.

The association also accused police officers of taking the law into their own hands during the execution of their duties.

“Allegations of police brutality in all regions of Namibia continue despite a stern warning from President Hage Geingob,” Ndungula said.

According to him, those who act brutally often do not account for their actions.

“Nationwide police brutality and killings have been rampant against civilians by police officers. Police officers continue to shoot unarmed civilians, with little, and in most cases, no consequences,” he said.

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