By Kakishi wa Kanantinda
WINDHOEK, Aug. 7 – Windhoek residents are alarmed at the high crime rate committed by job seekers at T-junctions who turn into dangerous criminals when they are not picked for piece jobs.
The most dangerous places are Rocky Crest, Dorado and Pioneerspark.
The residents of these areas are frustrated that the Windhoek City Police and Namibia Police are allowing these criminals to patrol and control the streets in these areas and failing to patrol the streets and control crime.
The city of Windhoek made places where unemployed men can pick up temporary jobs but these job seekers always come to T-junctions to terrorise residents, especially pedestrians who are not accompanied by anyone.
Some of the “job seekers” are armed with pistols, pangas, and knives and turn on motorists and pedestrians when they are not picked for jobs.
These criminals take advantage of quiet streets or when robots are red and they approach motorists pretending to beg for work and then they attack.
Sometimes they hijack victims at gun or knife points and attack with pangas and knobkerries. At the greatest danger are people who go to work early or knock off late from work. Women are very vulnerable.
Residents of the target areas are demanding that police remove all the people at T-junctions to create a safe environment for the free movement of residents.
Also targeted are early morning joggers, cyclists and couriers of food on bicycles.
“We are no longer safe even in our own homes and criminals are ruling Windhoek not politicians,” one resident from Dorado said.
Some residents are accusing police and courts of not doing their jobs because criminals are released within 48 hours of arrest for committing crimes.
“The police know very well that these people carry dangerous weapons but they do nothing,” said one resident who preferred to remain anonymous. – Namibia Daily News.