WINDHOEK, 16 MAY – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Women Network conducted a ‘Operation Basadi ‘ last week to reduce domestic violence and other related crimes against women and children.
Basadi, meaning women in Setswana, is an operation focusing on combating crimes such as rape, assault, human trafficking, domestic violence, child labour and baby dumping among other crimes.
The countrywide operation was established in August 2013 under the theme “We are on it, Gender Based Violence (GBV) must end”.
Briefing the media on its successes and achievements here on Wednesday, NamPol’s Major-General for Administration, Anne-Marie Nainda explained that during the operation, which was conducted from 07 to 10 May 2018, a total of 324 vehicle patrols and 286 foot patrols were conducted.
She added that 219 mobile roadblocks were set-up, 1067 persons searched during the random stop and various weapons including 15 knives, one machete and one revolver firearm confiscated.
She noted that eight protection orders were served, 35 arrests were executed on outstanding cases of GBV, seven warrants of arrests issued on outstanding cases and three arrests made for rape.
“Other than domestic related crime arrests, 57 arrests were executed for various statutory and common law crimes,” Nainda added.
Nainda further informed the media that 97 illegal immigrants were arrested, 1884 counterfeit items ranging from mobile phones to liquor confiscated, while 429 traffic fines worth N$ 478 700 were issued.
Drugs valued at N$ 199 700 were confiscated during the four day operation as well.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Safety and Security, Trephine Kamati, applauded the women in uniform for their outstanding work in combating crime in the country, saying this will ensure that the ministry accomplishes its mandate.
“The operation is contributing to achieving and accomplishing the mandate of the ministry which is to keep Namibia safe,” she stated.