Redouble anti-GBV efforts - Geingob

The head of state has promised stiffer penalties for perpetrators of serious crimes.

29 October 2020 | Police

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



President Hage Geingob says something has to be done about the gruesome cases of violence against women and the police should redouble their efforts. Speaking at the inauguration of the new N$364 million Namibian Police Forensic Science Institute building in Windhoek, Geingob promised stiffer penalties for perpetrators of serious crimes. He said the judiciary should tighten the loopholes in the criminal justice system to ensure that victims of crime and their families receive justice. He said the judiciary should ensure that dangerous criminals are not released on bail.

Geingob said forensic science is essential to enable law enforcement to either prevent or solve these crimes. He said it is crucial that the police are not only given access to the latest technology and crime-fighting methods, but are also represented by highly professional officers of impeccable character and conduct.

Geingob said gender-based violence, murder, rape, armed robbery and the unabated carnage on the roads are causing great distress all over the country.

“The rate and the nature at which these gruesome incidents are occurring is intolerable. Something has to be done, without any excuses.” He said the police must redouble their efforts to prevent crime and solve crimes swiftly. “We simply cannot have a situation of cases remaining unsolved for years. That is unacceptable; there are no excuses to justify it.” Geingob said lawmakers would do their bit by passing effective laws to ensure that perpetrators of serious crimes are removed from society indefinitely.

He also appealed to the judiciary to ensure that dangerous criminals are not granted bail.

“The construction of the institute's new headquarters started in May 2016 and it was completed on 16 October this year.

The project cost the government more than N$346.6 million, including furniture. The three-story building houses four main laboratories which deal with DNA analysis, chemistry, physics and document analysis. It also has a pathology department with a mortuary, as well as a vehicle examination laboratory.

The building provides office space, strongrooms, a national data centre, an exhibit store, a standby generator, an indoor shooting range, a purified water system, a solar installation and an incinerator.

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