‘Serial-killer’ and the anatomy of NamPol’s


SO much has been said about the Namibian Police’s inability to solve four murder cases of women - widely believed to be the work of a serial killer or killers.

Melanie Janse, 22, Juanita Mabula, 21, Viola Swartbooi, 18, and Sanna Helena //Garoes, aged 36: all died violently and their bodies were subjected to the sickest treatment one can imagine.

Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Janse’s naked mutilated body was found dumped next to the Western Bypass, outside Windhoek in August 2005. In September 2005, Juanita Mabula’s body was found dumped near a dumpsite outside the capital with her head missing. The head was only discovered several weeks later.

Now the body-parts that were found dumped at three places along the country’s main highways have been positively identified as belonging to Sanna Helena //Garoes, a Kalkrand resident.
In all these cases, our police force has been unable to apprehend a suspect. Is the suspect or suspects that much smarter than our police? Is it because the deceased women are said to have been sex workers? Or is there something our security forces are just not doing right?
It is common knowledge that NamPol faces serious financial constraints which has seen its transport fleet dwindle over the years, coupled with limitations of police officers’ use of telephones.
But, should this be used as an "excuse" for the police’s apparent lackadaisical approach in dealing with serious crimes?
The killer or killers of the women have made a mockery of NamPol by passing through three key police roadblocks with human remains. Although, in its own defence, NamPol has said it cannot stop all vehicles and do a thorough search" … because it will take long and people will complain".
Maybe true, but then what is the point of having police roadblocks were officers just sit and nod motorists through?
Another shocking factor is that NamPol does not have a single sniffer dog, due to lack of money, but can afford to dangle a N$60 000 reward for anyone coming up with information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the murders.

What are our priorities here?
Must we not equip our police so as to be able to carry out their duties first before we can set aside thousands of dollars as "rewards" for witnesses?
Should law-abiding citizens with information in connection with a crinme be enticed to come forth with money? Certainly not.
The perpetrator/s of these heinous murders of our young women must be brought to book sooner rather than later, as a well-known South African mystic medium, Sue du Randt, has warned us that "if these men are not found the murders will escalate". To achieve this Government, on its part, must also ensure that our police and the national forensic unit is well equipped to deal with such sophisticated criminals.