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  • Namibia – Axe murder capitol of the world?

     Shane Drew updated 13 years, 11 months ago 5 Members · 8 Posts
  • Gert du Preez

    March 23, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Strange, this.

    Last week we had two axe murders ON THE SAME DAY!.

    One kid in the rural north (he is 16) axed his grandmother to death because he suspected her of witchcraft. According to a traditional leader interviewed on National TV, the correct response should have been to burn down her house!

    In my local town ( a small community) some idiot killed a woman by battering her to death with an axe. This woman’s husband and one son was away, working in Sierra Leone, another son at university in South Africa. The corpse was found by her 13 year old daughter returning from school. We’ve got 2 million people in the entire country. It would be like you Brits opening the newspaper, and reading there were 80 or so axe murders yesterday!

    Our Police Force is UTTERLY useless in combating any crime. Even if someone gets caught, there is a very small chance of conviction. And if convicted, you will either escape or be released from prison in a few years time. Two days ago, during our Independence celebrations, a convicted serial killer and armed robber was released from jail after serving 8 years of a 77 year sentence. This was done "as a gift to the nation" and "in the spirit of re-conciliation" (!!!!!!) It is usual procedure for criminals to receive presidential pardons during Independence celebrations and Christmas. Crime does have a colour…

    If KINGDOMS are ruled by kings, who is in charge of a COUNTry?

  • Marcella Ross

    March 23, 2007 at 6:53 pm
    quote GERT DU PREEZ:

    If KINGDOMS are ruled by kings, who is in charge of a COUNTry?

    think you just answered that Gert! 😀

  • Warren Beard

    March 23, 2007 at 8:02 pm

    As a former South African and Neighbor to Gert, I know what you are talking about.

    There are many COUNTry men in government is SA (!)

    pity, as it is such a beautiful country 😕

  • Mike Grant

    March 23, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    I’ll second that. After living in Cape Town for 13 years I was on the verge of buying a firearm for protection, but I made a vow when I went there that the day I buy a firearm for protection is the day I am living in the wrong country. I left the country a year later.

    Gert, I used to work for a Tshirt company that printed loads of tourist shirts, done thousands for Windhoek. We also used to supply the army units. They would make up their own slogans and the one that sticks in my mind was "The only good SWAPO is a DEAD one" But thats going way back to the early eighties.

  • Mike Grant

    March 23, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Talking of SA what has happened to our friend Rodney Gold. Haven’t seen him in here in ages!!!

  • Shane Drew

    March 24, 2007 at 3:58 am

    It could be worse Gert. You could have Mugabe as your President. He makes Hitler look like a choir boy from what I read in our news.

    You’d be ‘disciplined’ by his secret police if they caught you making this post about Zimbabwe I’d suspect….

  • Gert du Preez

    March 24, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Our Govt hero worships Mugabe!

    Every town with more than 3 streets has got a Robert Mugabe Avenue. (The first 2 streets are "Independence Avenue" and "Sam Nujoma Ave.)

    When Mugabe was on a state visit 2 weeks ago (has to visit Namibia to do his shopping – nothing in Zim, and he and his cronies cannot travel in the EU) our Lands and Resettlement Minister was full of praise for the "land reform" policy of Zim, and obviously blamed all evils on "imperialism" ans "apartheid"

    People in this country took to the streets to protest his presence. Normally Namibia is politically tolerant of opposition activities, and never infringes on the right of people to have political gatherings etc. In this case, however, the protesters were not given permission to march their proposed route, to hand over a petition at the Zim embassy. People who went to the airport where Mugabe landed were searched, and if any anti – Mugabe literature was found, they were not allowed entry to the (public) facility. To me this seems like gradual erosion of our political freedoms in this country. As a marginalised minorority this makes me very uneasy… we should stop this before we end up in a similar position as the poor blokes in Zimbabwe.

  • Shane Drew

    March 24, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Gert, I’ve got a few (white) clients that were forced out by Mugabe. They were land owners/farmers that were proud of what they were doing for the country, and now their land is a waste land.

    Truth is they want to go home, but they genuinely fear for their life if they do. Although they tell me that the place will never be the same. Law and order is non existent from what they tell me.

    Our Government here has appealed to the Mugabe neighbours to encourage him to retire, but sounds like that may not happen by what you say.

    Shame. With their inflation at 1600% the last time I looked, it is an economic disaster that will only get worse, while he spends millions on his recent birthday.

    Take care mate.

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