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Exit urges online safety

BY: Foibe Shahepa

In recent interview pertaining rape of a 19-year-old by a perpetrator who disguised himself as Exit in Ondangwa on Sunday, Kwaito-star Exit Shapumba, stated that he understands the love the youth have for him, but this isn’t the way to do it.


Exit spoke about how his mother notified him on Monday morning that a teenager had been raped by someone who used his name. He further stated that he has no idea why people use his name to commit crimes. “There are a number of things that our names are used for. This isn’t the first time. I’m don’t understand why this happens, because there is only one Exit. He further urged the public to be on the lookout for con artists who are posing as him.


According to Oshana police spokesperson Thomas Aiyambo’s report, the girl met the suspect on Facebook around a month ago.


According to Aiyambo, the victim said the suspect used Exit’s name and images during their conversations, giving her the idea that she was conversing with the kwaito star.
“The suspect picked the complainant up from the taxi rank and informed her that Exit had sent him to pick her up. When they reached the house, the suspect told the victim that he only used Exit’s pictures, but it was indeed him she was conversing with,” Aiyambo said.
The nature of this crime, according to Rockaz, as he is lovingly known by his fans, is unforgivable. ” Consider the impact on the victim and her family.” What is the future of the world? “What exactly is this?” he questioned.


Nashilongo Gervasius, a technology activist, said such occurrences reflect the fact that females are still exposed to dangers online on a daily basis. She went on to say that there is still a lot of work to be done in the technology policy area in terms of promoting awareness for online safety and that all internet users need to be careful since online predators can turn into actual criminals in the end.


“We don’t have laws or visible campaigns in place that people are able to relate to. There is a lot of work to be done and until women and girls are safe online, we are still far off. We need laws in place. And girls, if it sounds too good to be true, then please talk about it to someone,” she said.


Exit stated that if the suspect is arrested, he will file a police report and sue him.

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