New Era (Windhoek)

5 February 2013

Namibia: Police to Register Job Seekers

Windhoek — The City Police have begun registering job seekers, with the intention to curb illegal activities such as petty crime in the capital.

Addressing about 60 of the job seekers last week Thursday at the City Police headquarters, City Police Chief Abraham Kanime said he was aware that the group came from different corners of the country to look for employment and a better life, which he described as "very commendable".

Kanime added that the City Police have realised that there are some job seekers in Windhoek who have criminal intentions and those found engaging in illegal activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

He also informed the group that loitering would no longer be tolerated, especially now that an increasing number of crimes, such as muggings, in the capital are committed under the guise of looking for work.

The group were asked to identify themselves by providing the police with their details. The details are contained in a list, which police would use for identification purposes and to monitor how many job seekers are in a specific area looking for work.

The list will also be used to profile the job seekers, who will be issued with identification cards to distinguish them from criminals.

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