Booze the number one factor in crime

27 June 2018 | Local News

Oshikoto regional governor Henok Kankoshi says alcohol abuse is one of the main factors that lead to crime in the region.

Kankoshi said in his State of the Region Address (SORA) that violent crimes such as murder are often the result of petty arguments between people drinking at cuca shops.

“The use of alcohol among the youth is escalating and leads to the committing of crimes such as murder, which are common among cuca shop patrons over petty squabbles,” Kankoshi said.

Nampol inspector-general Sebastian Ndeitunga recently said that 3 809 criminal cases were opened during the 2017/18 financial year.

The most common crimes were common assault, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, housebreaking and theft, general theft, stock theft and rape.

According to Kankoshi rape has increased by more than 500% in the region.

He said 94 rape cases were reported during 2017/18, which was a 522% increase compared to the 18 cases reported the previous year.

Kankoshi reiterated a comment made in last year's SORA, when he said women are often raped when they return home late at night after drinking at cuca shops.

“Rapes are committed late at night, as women are leaving cuca shops on their way home, and they fall prey to suspects who are out at night on the lookout for vulnerable victims who are under the influence of alcohol and can hardly defend themselves,” Kankoshi said.

He added that some rapes are committed when parents or guardians leave children in the care of male domestic workers or cattle herders while they are out drinking at cuca shops.

Kankoshi called on community leaders to teach people that alcohol does not built a nation but destroys it.

“The people, especially the youth, need to be sensitised and told that there is nothing good that comes from alcohol. I am not saying that people must not drink alcohol; they should drink responsibly and avoid arguing while under the influence,” Kankoshi advised.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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