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Rising number of GBV cases a thorn in the flesh - Shikongo

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4815 cases of gender-based violence have been registered with the police between April 2023 and January 2024.

The statistics were released by the Chief of Police, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo, who said that the figures paint a grim picture and that that requires an urgent change of attitude in society.

Inspector General Joseph Shikongo further revealed that GBV cases have become the order of the day, particularly in some regions.

GBV a national concern

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Erongo Governor Neville Andre says despite commendable achievements in human rights and gender equality, Namibia still faces persistent challenges in terms of gender-based violence.

At least 32% of Namibian women are said to have experienced physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at some point.

To remedy the situation, Andre plans to establish a regional gender-based violence (GBV) task team with different stakeholders on board.

Andre says GBV is the most pervasive yet least visible human rights violation in the world.

High Court circuit session in Zambezi

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The Judiciary's office will conduct a High Court circuit session in the Zambezi Region.

Four cases are expected to be tried during the two-week period commencing Thursday until the 31st of August in Katima Mulilo.

During the two-week period starting on Thursday and concluding on the 31st of August, four cases are anticipated to be heard in Katima Mulilo.

In a media briefing, Khaepriums Swartz, the Deputy Executive Director in the Office of the Judiciary, highlighted that the objective is to ensure the completion and final

GBV victims report cases to traditional authorities instead of the police for compensation

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Some victims of gender-based violence (GBV) have resorted to reporting cases to the traditional authorities instead of the police in order to get compensation.

This came to light during a meeting between the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development, and Family Affairs at Otjiwarongo.

Otjiwarongo has recorded 29 cases of rape and 98 domestic violence cases since last year.

Amoomo accuses state of delaying Michael Amushelelo's court cases

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Kadhila Amoomo, the lawyer of activist Michael Amushelelo, has accused the state of having a tendency to make his client miss court cases.

Today, Amushelelo had two court cases closely succeeding each other.

The former forex trader appeared in the SADC Court at ten o'clock in the morning in the case between him and the Prosecutor General.

It was in connection with the freezing of his bank accounts following charges of fraud and money laundering.

Kavango East Region records high cases of GBV

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Despite efforts by various organisations to curb the scourge of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country, the Kavango East Region continues to record high cases of GBV.

According to statistics from the GBV Unit in Rundu, on average, the region records over 5,000 cases of GBV annually and over 400 cases every month.

A senior social worker at the unit, Aurelia Mukundu, while sharing the statistics, indicated that there are still many unreported cases in the community for fear of victimisation or retaliation by the suspects.