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Category: Observer Editorial

Murderers on bail and haircuts

Two recent incidents do not show well for the officials responsible. In Katima Mulilo students were sent home from the Caprivi Secondary School because the school said their hair was not cut properly. In the other strange happening, Morne Mouton was convicted of culpable homicide this week and yet was given bail pending the sentencing hearing. How can such foolish decisions stand unsanctioned?

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A new way to handle the unthinkable

Namibia must tackle the issue of so-called ‘baby-dumping’ a different way. The conservative mindsets of past generations are insufficient to handle this deadly challenge. Rather than punishment, communities must look at what drives a girl/woman to do the unthinkable to her infant.

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What happens when temporary ends?

Monthly ‘salaries’ for over 600 workers at the Coast that have been absorbed into the employment ranks of Tunacor, is a double-edged sword. They are to be paid a monthly salary of N$2,500 for four months only. However, haste, pressure and slow development mean that most will be paid for staying at home. There is no work to be done and no facility in which to work. The monthly manna from heaven ends at the end of March. What is the plan when temporary money ends?

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