NAFWU condemns alleged brutalities against farmworker

17 Jul 2014 21:10pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The leadership of the Namibia Farm Workers’ Union (NAFWU) have expressed dismay and disgust over alleged brutal assault committed against a farm worker in the Hochfeld area in Otjozondjupa Region in May this year.
The assault against the worker was allegedly committed by his employer's son at Farm George No:215, where he was employed, with the assistance of a member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) over missing sheep at the farm.
NAFWU's General Secretary, Rocco Nguvauva said during a media conference here on Thursday afternoon the alleged attack was committed against Andries Kasupi by his employer's son, Pieter Faber, with the assistance of police officer Martin Munyo, who is stationed at the Hochfeld Police Station.
“Some sheep went missing at Farm George No: 215, and the farm owner claimed that the missing sheep were stolen by his workers. The farm owner then summoned all his workers to his place at the farm and asked each of them about the missing sheep. After no one claimed any knowledge of the alleged missing sheep, the farm owner then consulted members of the Namibian Police Force stationed at the Hochfeld Police Station for help. Police officer Martin Munyo then accompanied the farm owner to the farm, and while at the farm, the police officer confronted the farm workers and singled out Andries Kasupi, among all others, as the culprit,” claimed Nguvauva.
He added that Kasupi was then questioned and beaten up by Munyo and Faber. The two men only stopped the beatings after Kasupi collapsed and fainted, said the unionist.
He further said the two men (Munyo and Faber) unsuccessfully wanted to force Kasupi to admit knowledge of the missing sheep, but because he could not admit something he had no knowledge of, they subsequently tortured him.
“Blood was running from Kasupi's ears, and his privates (genitals) were also damaged,” said Nguvauva.
After the alleged beatings, the police officer took Kasupi to the Hochfeld Police Station's holding cells and locked him up.
“The poor farm worker was bleeding for about two weeks while in police custody with no medical assistance provided to him. He could not eat. He could not go to the toilet for some days on his own. He was also vomiting due to some degree of abdominal damage. He was only taken to the Okahandja State Hospital for medical attention after a Good Samaritan saw him suffering in the police holding cells,” claimed Nguvauva.
He, therefore, strongly urged commercial farm owners and employers in the Hochfeld area to refrain from committing such brutalities against their employees.
With regard to the alleged conduct of the police officer, the union leader is asking Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga to suspend the police officer with immediate effect.
Kasupi is said to be now living in Okahandja with family members.
Nguvauva and his team of labour inspectors have also opened a case against the farm owner, Munyo and Faber at the Hochfeld Police Station.