Minister supports idea that research be done on criminals convicted for GBV

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday supported the idea that research be done on criminals convicted for gender-based violence (GBV) to determine if they have similar characteristics.

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah made the remark in the National Assembly (NA) during discussions of a motion on GBV introduced by Congress of Democrats (COD) president Ben Ulenga.

She said at one point there were suggestions made by many to research those who were convicted of such crimes, in order to find out whether they have similar characteristics, upbringing and backgrounds.

She said this will enable leaders and the country to be able to identify how to prevent certain behaviour in the communities.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said laws cannot work in a vacuum, and there must be other supporting mechanisms which will enable legislators to implement those laws.

Nandi-Ndaitwah added that it is really unfortunate that the country finds itself in a situation where some members of society find it easy to take life and a situation where death is no longer something which is feared.