Traditional councillor accused of brutal assault on Aminuis woma

14 Sep 2014 16:20pm
GOBABIS, 14 SEP (NAMPA) – Police in the Omaheke Region are investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after a senior traditional councillor allegedly severely assaulted a female community member last Tuesday.
Damian Lebereki, a senior councillor of the Batswana Ba Namibia Traditional Authority, has since been arrested and charged with the crime of assault after he allegedly attacked Mercia Olibile with a knobkierie during an argument at a shebeen.
Lebereki appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate's Court on Thursday, and was granted bail of N.dollars 1 000.
His case was remanded to 20 October 2014 to allow for further police investigations.
According to the charge sheet, Lebereki approached Olibile at a shebeen in the Aminuis settlement where the two had been separately hanging out.
Details on the incident remain vague, although it is alleged that Lebereki approached the woman and started poking her with the knobkierie in her ribs, before he allegedly went on to assault her physically.
The attack apparently left Olibile with a deep cut wound on her forehead, a swollen face and painful ribs.
She was rushed to the Gobabis District Hospital where she received medical treatment. She has since been released, although she is to conduct regular hospital visits.
Enraged community members from Aminuis told Nampa that they were not happy with the small bail amount given to Lebereki, as it is allegedly not the first time he assaulted a community member over petty issues.
“He is one of those that teach us to respect women and not to beat them up. What sort of an example is he setting for us now? It is just not acceptable for someone to think he is untouchable and can do what he wants,” a community member said.
This alleged attack took place in the same week that the 17th Annual Meeting of the Council of Traditional Leaders, which was held in Windhoek, condemned gender-based violence and urged community leaders to fight against the beating and brutal killing of women and children.