Drimiopsis demonstration against myriad issues

Want alleged murderers’ bail denied

04 September 2020 | Social Issues

A San women and girls group at Drimiopsis under the Women’s Leadership Centre in the Omaheke region, yesterday (3 September) held a peaceful demonstration and handed over a petition to the Regional Police Commander and the Governor of Omaheke Region.
The protest came about after the brutal murder of Anna Geinamses at Drimiopsis on 1 August 2020. Three weeks after her disappearance, her body was found in a drain close to the home of the man suspected of her murder. The same man was caught in the act of attempting to rape a young girl of the community on the same weekend.
In light of the seriousness of these crimes, the group along with community leaders, handed over the petition demanding that the accused not be released on bail, and also that the man arrested for breaking the neck of Martha Hendrik in Gobabis on 24 July, also not be released on bail.
“We have witnessed how many men released on bail have committed the same crime again,” the group said in the petition. “They are a danger to the safety of girls and women in the community. We demand that no bail be granted to accused rapists and murderers,” they said.

Myriad issues
The group lamented the lack of a police station at Drimiopsis, saying that they need to wait for the police from Gobabis if anything happens. “This results in the delay of cases and because there is no police presence, which leads to an increase of violence in the community,” they said, also demanding that the police patrol in the community every day.
The group feels that police in the community should be given more authority. “Because there is no police presence in the community, we have community police who are the first response team if something happens. We demand that community police receive training from the police for different situations, and that they community police receive safety and protective equipment for the.”
The group is also unhappy about the mushrooming of illegal bars and shebeens at the settlement, saying that most of these bars operate illegally because they do not have liquor licences. “Moreover, bars do not adhere to the operating times of selling alcohol as stated in the Stage 3 of lockdown regulations and continue to operate and sell alcohol on Sundays.”

Sanitation woes
The group said that the lack of proper flushing toilets at Drimiopsis has forced the community to make use of the bush. “This in turn, exposes girls and women to violent acts such as rape, dangerous viruses like Hepatitis E, and snake bites. We call upon the council of Drimiopsis to increase their efforts to provide the community with flushing toilets and electricity. We call on the government to support us with resources to build our own toilets and to restore our dignity,” the group said.
Finally, the group demands that government be held accountable for the safety of girls and women in the community.

Similar News

 

Voices from the past

1 week ago - 13 October 2020 | Social Issues

An extensive archive containing the voices of around 200 Namibians recorded in 1953 and 1954 has just been made more accessible with the launch of...

Adopt or help a furry friend now

1 week ago - 09 October 2020 | Social Issues

The SPCA in Windhoek continues its good work, with a couple of fun initiatives currently being promoted.According to national director Hanna Rhodin, during the month...

HOPE Fund ICU monitors for MoHSS

3 weeks ago - 28 September 2020 | Social Issues

The First Rand Namibia HOPE Fund handed over 25 ICU patient monitors worth N$2.4 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) last...

Inclusivity for all

4 weeks ago - 23 September 2020 | Social Issues

National Disability Day, which is usually commemorated between June and July but was delayed due to Covid-19 this year, was observed in the capital on...

Masking Namibia

1 month - 17 September 2020 | Social Issues

Local social impact agency, Arba Stature, in partnership with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) donated 2253 face masks to 25 schools through its #CoverNamibia campaign.Designed to...

Knocking out homelessness

1 month - 16 September 2020 | Social Issues

Bank Windhoek pledged N$50 000 to MTC’s Knockout Project in a bid to assist in the fight against homelessness in Namibia.Jacquiline Pack said Bank Windhoek...

Police village envisaged

2 months ago - 20 August 2020 | Social Issues

With many police officers unable to afford decent accommodation in Windhoek, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) is looking at constructing a police village to house...

Windhoek could become next epicentre

2 months ago - 03 August 2020 | Social Issues

Windhoek • [email protected] advisor on health to the presidency Dr Bernard Haufiku says tackling the rise in coronavirus infections outside of the Erongo region will...

Textiles for fire victims

2 months ago - 30 July 2020 | Social Issues

Hospitality Textile Supplies recently donated 23 boxes of goods valued at almost N$58 000 towards fundraising efforts for victims of the Twaloloka fire on Sunday....

Help where you can

2 months ago - 29 July 2020 | Social Issues

The executive director in the Office of the Prime Minister I-Ben Nashandi has called on individuals and organisations to assist the residents of Twaloloka in...

Latest News

Cheaper to ‘tjaila’

12 hours ago | Transport

Taxi fares will decrease to the normal rate effective from midnight tonight, thanks to the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions.Speaking at the Presidential Covid-19 public...

Keeping cyclists’ wheels rolling

12 hours ago | Sports

The RMB Elite Cycling team received cycling gear as part of an overall sponsorship of N$230 000. RMB Namibia has been part of the after-school...

Repo rate remains unchanged

1 day - 21 October 2020 | Economics

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) announced that the repo rate would remain unchanged at 3.75%, governor Johannes !Gawaxab said at the Monetary Policy Announcement in...

International recognition for Namibia's EIF

1 day - 21 October 2020 | International

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) received a certificate of merit at the Karlsruhe Sustainable Finance Awards – an honour bestowed on financial institutions...

GIPF invests in home-grown asset...

1 day - 21 October 2020 | Economics

The Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) announced the introduction of its incubation assets management programme, which commenced in 2019.The programme aims to address the need...

Get your mortgage approved like...

1 day - 21 October 2020 | Opinion

Windhoek • Loide DavidAttempting to purchase a house without a plan in place can be a challenging situation. As a first-time homebuyer, you will need...

Crafts a financial lifeline for...

2 days ago - 20 October 2020 | Cultural

Traditional arts and crafts are favourites as souvenirs with tourists when they visit Namibia. One of the key sources of cash for many San women...

US donates face shields, swabs

2 days ago - 20 October 2020 | Health

The American Embassy in Namibia donated 11 000 face shields and 3000 nasal testing swabs packaged with specimen transport media tubes to the ministry of...

Agri-empowerment for women and youth

2 days ago - 20 October 2020 | Agriculture

Relaxed conditions to encourage participation and enhanced financial inclusion is the basis of Agribank’s newly launched loan scheme for women and the youth.The bank decided...

Load More