The Wild West of Windhoek

13 August 2018 | Crime

Yolanda Nel - With gunshots raining down in Eros Park regularly, residents in this neighbourhood fear for their lives, not sure who these shots are aimed at or who is doing the shooting.

According to one resident, there are shots fired multiple times in a week.

“Then at least 6 to 10 shots are fired,” she says. She says that according to Nampol statistics, 90% of all call outs in the capital are from the Eros Park area. “This is disproportionately high and a concern for the residents in the area,” she added.

But according to Kauna Shikwambi of Nampol, that figure in not a true reflection at all. “Nampol did not send out any statement saying that. I don't know where the resident got this information,” she responded.

The resident doesn't want to discourage the work done by Nampol and the Neighbourhood Watch, “but these cowboys are chasing the suspected intruders through the hills, firing shots,” she says.

The resident said, it feels like the Wild West there. She said she ­understood that a suspected intruder was allegedly shot dead recently. However, this alleged incident did not appear on the crime report and no additional information is available.

In another incident, an elderly man was allegedly tied up in his house after an intruder apparently forced his way into the house. This episode was also not recorded in the crime report and it could also not be verified by Nampol.

Shikwambi didn't respond to questions raised about the particular incident. Nampol also failed to deliver call-out statistics for the month of July.

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