No major incidents reported in Erongo

Crime

29 December 2020 | Crime

Illeni Shapumba; Inspector; “We’ve registered ten cases of domestic violence which can be attributed to the abuse of alcohol.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

“There were no major crime incidents over the past Christmas weekend and people were behaving relatively well,” says inspector Illeni Shapumba, community affairs commander of the Erongo regional police.

Five drivers were charged for driving under the influence of alcohol in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

One driver tried to out run the long arm of the law on Saturday night. A police pursuit ensued and the fleeing culprit was apprehended at Langstrand, after he tried to ‘escape’ from the Yianni Savva roadblock.

Sixteen drivers were also ordered to turn back at the Karibib roadblock on Sunday night after they travelled after the 21:00 curfew.

A couple of residents were also told to turn back on Friday night at the Walvis Bay roadblock.

“We must express our gratitude to the shebeens and night club owners who have kept to the regulations. We are aware that some are still bending the rules and operating behind closed doors.”

Shapumba said that law enforcers observed that people tend to not wear their masks at places of entertainment.

“It is mandatory to wear a mask when in a public place and when travelling in public transport.”

He stated that the police registered ten cases of domestic violence in the region.

“This can all be attributed to the abuse of alcohol.”

He said that two accidents occurred on the road between Karibib and Okahandja and on the road between Otjimbingwe and Karibib. Both drivers lost control of their vehicles over the weekend. Fortunately, no fatalities were recorded, although some of the passengers suffered injuries.

“Road users should maintain this conduct and obey the rules of the road.”

Shapumba advised the public to plan their activities within the set rules and regulations.

“I’ve received numerous calls from religious leaders wanting to host cross-over church events on New Year’s Day. This is not possible due to the curfew currently in place. Those hosting events must ensure that it ends by 20:00, so that attendees can arrive at their homes in time. Event organisers must also ensure that their patrons wear their masks and maintain social distance. These rules must be strictly obeyed.”

He stated that the discharging of firearms and fireworks are not allowed in residential areas.

“We focused on educating the public on the rules and regulations. Our next set of operations will see those who violate the rules being charged. It is very sad that we are crossing over to 2021 with Covid-19, but it is in our hands to curb the spread of infection. We need the commitment of everyone to successfully fight this virus.”

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