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Beg, steal or borrow (debt)

Mandy Rittmann

In the last 30 years, the have/have not, Gini coefficient, in Namibia has gotten worse.

Owners of property have to invest in high walls, palisades, electric fencing, spot lights, beams outside and inside house and burglar bars. Insurance is high.

Security companies have increased massively. Neighbourhood watches are now standard in Windhoek. The city police was established to assist an overextended Nampol.

Symptoms of socio-economic distress, (poverty) are street children in school time, begging at stops and robots as well as adult sweet sellers. When you park your car, official and unofficial car guards descend on you, demanding to look after your car. When you drive and stop, all your doors must be locked. You cannot leave anything visible in your car. Fifty percent live in shacks. You cannot go to an ATM to draw money at night, you may be mugged of cash, cell phone, camera etc.

Taxis now have big ID numbers, as they may be involved in getaway crime.

Visitors (tourists) are advised to avoid high risk crime areas. It is no longer safe to park at a lay by. Garbage is a source of income.

Increased awareness of your surroundings has become second nature. Our response to the security risk, does not solve the problem. The cause is 50 percent endemic poverty (unemployed or odd jobs).

The carrying capacity of the population of 2½ million people is exceeded. Woman and the youth suffer the most in this scenario. Without food security, children’s development at school is stunted. In 2022, after 12 years, the world population has increased by 1 billion to 8 billion!

Food security, primary health care, education, role models, employment and proper housing are the keys to break the vicious cycle of poverty and crime.

Namibia has a steep hill to climb to reach Vision 2030 – prosperity, peace and security for all.

A luta continua!

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Republikein 2022-12-05

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