Keep Children From Shebeens, Juke Boxes – Namoloh

SHEBEENS and other drinking outlets contribute to children failing in school and increase violence in society, the minister of safety and security, Charles Namoloh says.

He made the remarks on Monday when he officiated at the opening of a conference to discuss challenges in investigating gender-based violence (GBV), especially enforcing protection orders.

The five-day conference is attended by about 50 members of the police, correctional services, traditional leaders and senior judicial officials.

“Every house is turned into a shebeen. How do you raise children in a shebeen? We must reduce this shebeen business because our kids will think it is the only way of making money,” said the minister.

He stressed that shebeens and jukeboxes should be kept away from schools and churches because they disturb education and church services.

Namoloh noted that children steal money to go play jukeboxes, but when there are no such machines they will not steal.

“I have a problem with the shebeen owners in my village, Odibo, where I am the headman. I tell them to close them on time and keep them far from schools because children are failing due to alcohol abuse.

“They do not agree with me because they say it is a way of making money to support children, but as a nation we need to control shebeens,” the minister emphasised.

Namoloh further said he would speak to urban and rural development minister, Sophia Shaningwa, to make sure that there will be no shebeens in areas where houses under the National Mass Housing programme of the government have been or are being constructed across the country.

“Liquor licences also need a re-look, so that the current opening and closing hours be changed,” he said.

On GBV, Namoloh said reducing violence should not be left to government alone but parents, teachers and everyone must play a part. “Parents should teach children to shun the social evil of domestic violence. Many children especially in the informal settlements are failing school and abusing drugs,” the minister said.

He accentuated the enforcement of protection orders to protect lives and also requested that all GBV cases be solved on time. The conference will also discuss better ways to reduce or end GBV in the country.

Namoloh was on a four-day familiarisation visit to prisons and police stations in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. The visit ended on Monday.

– Nampa

Source : The Namibian