Lockdown measures being disregarded

Police tighten measures

29 April 2020 | Crime

Andreas Nelumbu; NamPol Commander Erongo; “They don’t understand why they have to stay at home.”

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A total of 26 residents of the Erongo region have been charged for the contravention of the strict lockdown regulations put in place by government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The arrests were made between 17 and 23 April and these persons face fines of up to N$52 000 in total, announced Erongo regional police commander, Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, during the weekly Covid-19 meeting held at Swakopmund Council Chambers.

Other reported criminal activities include two rapes (one arrest), 18 cases of gender-based violence (eight arrests) and 34 house-breaking cases with the intention to steal or theft (14 arrests).

Nelumbu said that people still do not understand what the purpose of the lockdown is and are refusing to stay at home.

“They don’t understand why they have to stay at home. We still have people in the streets. We continue with patrols to minimise movement to ensure that Covid-19 does not spread in our region and beyond.”

The police is working together with the army, navy and air force to make sure that lockdown regulations are enforced and adhered to.

“We have coordinated our activities in such a way that we have people who are on patrol to enforce the stay at home protocols and social distancing,” Nelumbu said.

Tasks forces, who are assisted by the navy and army, are currently patrolling in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Henties Bay and Arandis. For Usakos, Karibib and Omaruru police officers in uniform are patrolling with assistance from the air force.

Several roadblocks have been set up in Zone Seven (Erongo) by NamPol to further curb the spread of the pandemic.

From 17 to 23 April, 2 702 trucks and 1 333 other vehicles entered the region at the different roadblocks, while 2 448 trucks and 1 494 other vehicles departed from the Erongo region. There were also 29 rejected permits either entering or departing from the Erongo region.

The main roadblocks in the region are situated at Karibib, Omaruru and on the C14 road. There are also mobile roadblocks between Swakopmund and Arandis, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund as well as between Uis and Khorixas.

Other stakeholders like NCIS (Namibia Central Intelligence Service); the Namibia Correctional Service; Namport; the ministry of environment, forestry and tourism; the ministry of works and transport; the ministry of health and social services; immigration, customs and excise (directorates of the ministry of finance); regional and local authorities as well as some from the private sector are also assisting NamPol at this stage.