Three Namibians arrested for illegally importing springbok

27 Jul 2014 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police on Friday arrested three Namibian nationals between the Ariamsvlei border-post and Keetmanshoop for transporting 16 springbok from South Africa.
The three suspects, including the owner of the private Namibian-registered truck, were arrested between 08h00 and 14h24, Inspector Stephan Nuuyi of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’ Public Relations Division told members of the media here on Sunday.
Nuuyi said the animals were hidden under lucerne bales in a Scania truck and were not declared at the port of entry into the country.
Four of the animals were found to have died due to the poor conditions they were transported in.
Nuuyi said all animals and lucerne bales were confiscated.
The police opened cases of transporting of protected game without a permit; importation of protected game without a permit; cruelty to animals; and defeating the course of justice against the suspects.
They are expected to appear in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
In the Ohangwena Region at Epinga village, the 71-year-old Josephina Jonas was shot and wounded in the right arm and chest with a nine millimetre pistol.
The village is situated in the Omundaungilo Constituency.
The incident took place on Saturday at around 15h00, at a house where people had gathered to mourn a relative. The suspect in the matter opened fire, apparently as a sign of grief, in the direction of mourners who were sitting in a tent.
Jonas was rushed to the Eenhana State Hospital and is said to be discharged. The male suspect was arrested and the pistol impounded. He is expected to appear before the Eenhana Magistrates Court on Monday. Police investigations continue.
In the Ondangwa district’s Ondjodjo area, an Indian national couple were held at gunpoint and robbed of items valued at N.dollars 5 700 on Sunday morning.
The incident took place at about 00h30 when Chitakumar Gandhi, 33; and his wife Bhumika Gandhi, age unknown, were robbed of items including a flat screen television, cellphone, and jewellery. No arrest or recovery has been made. Police investigations into the matter continue.