Marchers demand several interventions to curb out of control GBV

Marchers demand several interventions to curb out of control GBV

A total of 107 403 cases of gender-based violence have been reported to the Namibian Police between 2014 and July, this year, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila revealed.
Of these cases, an alarming 85 787 are common assault and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.
She said this when receiving a petition from the public, including government officials and politicians, after a march to protest the brutal killing of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha on Friday.
Uda Gawachab, a social work student at the University of Namibia, handed over a petition to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila demanding a rapid reduction of the 48 hour period that police require before investigating a missing person. The petition also urged the reintroduction of religious studies in schools, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras in crime-prone neighbourhoods.
The Premier, in response, pledged to interrogate these demands with the relevant authorities, and revert to the community on the way forward.