Hamuneyla urges Khorixas women to take threats by men seriously

Public Prosecutor , Penda Hamunyela has advised women living in Khorixas to take insults and threats by men seriously as it leads to serious assaults and murder at a meeting held at the Khorixas magistrates court on Friday.

Women have a tendency of not reporting insults and even threats because their partners could be breadwinners and this is a great concern of the public prosecutor's office, he said.

Even simple insults can be reported to the Namibian Police and even at my office for me to take necessary steps. If men starts insulting women than it is, a sign that they are capable of hurting them or even murdering them. I also advise you to call me any time if you need help, he said.

Hamunyela added that women in Khorixas are also used opening cases of insults; assaults and even Grievous Bodily Harm but withdraw these cases for number of reason that include, children that are feed by the fathers and also out of pity for men that are hurting them.

The prosecutor's office also faces challenges with witness to cases of Gender Based Violence.

It is with great sadness that I will have to say that there are community members out there that witness all sorts of GBV but in the end they are not willing to testify in the court of law. This is making it difficult for my office to have the accused persons prosecuted because there are not enough or no witnesses at all, he said.

Hamunyela added that that women should learn that denying of bail to GBV accused can easily be made possible when a number of person that are willing to testify attend courts during formal bail hearing sessions to give reasons why they think the accuse should not be given bail.

One the woman that attended the meeting Marie Gaoses said that the meeting was fruitful.

I am happy that this meeting took place. Now we now about issuing protection orders and even to report a simple assaults case as it could lead to murder in the end, she said.

Approximately 90 women residing in Khorixas attended the meeting.

Source: Namibia Press Agency