By Hileni Nembwaya
A 37-year-old woman, Albertina Hangula was on Friday sentenced to five years imprisonment after she was found guilty of abusing a minor at Ondangwa.
Hangula made a brief court appearance before Magistrate Petrus Nangula at Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court facing a charge of assault with grievous bodily harm.
According to court documents, on September 13 at Onampengu village, Hangula assaulted Albertina Iitana (3) with a stick which resulted in her right leg being fractured and left her bruised all over her body.
Iitana was left in the care of Hangula while her biological mother, Augistina Niitembu (21) resided at a different village.
Before the magistrate, Hangula pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Prosecutor, Esther Embanga represented the State.
Cases of child abuse have been on the rise in recent years in Namibia with an estimated 292 cases of physical child abuse and 354 cases of sexual abuse having being reported last year.
The statistics further reveal that 537 cases of child negligence have thus far been reported by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
In 2014, at least 814 children were abused either physically or sexually, while 923 children were neglected or abandoned.
The Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi said that the Government is currently busy enacting and processing the finalisation of the Child and Care Protection Act of 2015.
She made these remarks during the belated Day of the Namibian Child’s event held at Ondangwa, recently.
“Namibia has programmes and interventions aimed at supporting safe, family-based care for children; enhancing community engagement, identifying children at risk through the involvement of the community and other role players and conducting awareness-raising campaigns involving existing community structures towards ensuring the rights of children in Namibia,” said Witbooi.
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