"Namibia does not have space for racists": Mumbala

10 Jun 2013 07:50
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 JUN (NAMPA) ? All businesses in the country which do not allow entry to black Namibians must be closed and such buildings demolished because Namibia ?does not have space for racists?.
Swapo-Party Coordinator in the Karas Region, Matheus Mumbala said this in an interview with Nampa on Monday, in which he joined other Namibians in condemning the recent alleged racist attack on Gobabis resident Levi Katire.
Mumbala said the ruling party in the Karas Region condemns the attack, saying if there are any other businesses which restrict entry to people because of their race or colour, such places must be closed.
?Such businesses should not be allowed to operate unless they operate in a vacuum, because in Namibia we do not have space for such people and their businesses,? he charged.
He further said this decision should not only apply to white Namibians, but also in situations where black Namibians would for example not allow white Namibians, or any other individuals, because of their skin colour.
Katire was allegedly attacked by the owner of Buffalo's bar, Niko Kotze and Frederick du Plessis at the bar on 01 June. The attack was believed to be racially motivated.
?The bar owner told me it was a private bar and only whites were allowed at the bar. When I asked him why that was the case, another white man who was sitting inside the bar rushed at me and hit me with an object on my head,? Katire was reported as saying at the time.
Kotze was arrested and charged with racial discrimination, assault with the intention to do grievous bodily harm, as well as common assault.
He appeared in court last Tuesday and was denied bail.
The 33-year-old Du Plessis faces one count of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm, after he allegedly stabbed Katire in the neck with a glass.