Police at the weekend interrogated four Namibians believed to have been behind social media threats to loot businesses and shopping centres as evidenced in neighbouring South Africa where riots and looting were sparked by the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma.
In a statement yesterday, the police said not a single incident of looting or attempt was observed in the country. “Since the circulation of such messages started last week, the security cluster has been in full swing following up on all possible leads to determine the authors of the messages or instigators of such violence,” the police said.
“Thus far, through intelligence, four persons were identified and being interrogated.
"It is expected that more people could still face police questioning as there are still individuals who are posting messages of instigating anarchy, lawlessness and the disruption of peace on social media.”
In South Africa, over 200 people have died days after private as well as government property have been damaged and destroyed.
According to the police, Namibians have better and peaceful ways to resolve disputes, adding lawlessness and anarchy will not benefit anyone. “Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga sternly warned that the security cluster and its stakeholders must be ready to deal with anyone who dare tries to destabilise peace and security in Namibia, particularly initiators of violence and those advocating for looting and damage of private properties,” the statement read.
“The inspector general assured the meeting that police visibility has since been intensified, since 14 July 2021, with officers deployed at strategic positions such as malls and shopping centres. Additionally, “Operation Hokanam” continue to be hard at work and ready to defuse any threatening situation, that may occur. He, therefore, instils confidence and trust in the business community as well as all Namibians that they should not fear but rather take precautionary measures and coordinate with the security agencies, moreover they should elevate vigilance 24/7 because the enemy does not make an appointment.”
The police further encouraged Namibians and all stakeholders to work together and coordinate their resources and exchange information. “Everyone responsible for security must be ready so that properties are safer than before and that peace and security is guaranteed in the democratic society.”