by Ester Mbathera
THE police in the Erongo region have warned church and traditional authority leaders in the region against issuing community members with letters recommending travel.
Movement from Walvis Bay, Arandis and Swakopmund is restricted in line with Covid-19 stage 3 regulations, but people at these towns may apply for permits to travel in case of essential medical treatment, or any other reason considered sufficient by an authorised police officer.
Police community affairs commander for the Erongo region Ileni Shapumba says police stations are inundated on a daily basis with applications for travel permits related to death, with recommendation letters issued by pastors or headmen.
“We are not going to consider those documents from churches and headmen. If a person really needs to travel, let them come to the stations and satisfy the authorities, not through a letter from a pastor,” he said.
Shapumba said travel permits are issued based on different criteria for “critical” reasons.
He urged the community to avoid going to police stations to apply for permits without a valid reason.
“The applications are scrutinised and investigated. People should understand this virus. We must act responsibly in protecting not only ourselves, but the whole nation,” said Shapumba.
He said each police station issues a maximum of three travel permits per day.