Tombo fight leaves Gobabis man dead
An Employee of Farm Gerhard in Gobabis, Marks !Hauseb, died upon arrival at Gobabis State Hospital after allegedly being stabbed with a knife by colleague, Chris Geiseb, last week.
The attack, according to Deputy Commissioner, Marcelius Maritshane, stemmed from an argument over traditional liquor popularly known as tombo at the farm situated 40km west of Gobabis.
“The two men were colleagues and were drinking the tombo together on the farm. Amidst their drinking, somehow a disagreement over the tombo started. From the information we got, the deceased provoked the suspect,” said Commissioner Maritshane.
Maritshane said !Hauseb started a fight were he first stabbed Geiseb.
“Despite being stabbed, Geiseb walked home to try to prevent the fight from continuing but !Hauseb continued to provoke Geiseb. The suspect apparently tried to avoid the fight by going home but the deceased followed him home, wanting to continue the fight,” he said.
At the suspect’s house, Maritshane said, !Hauseb started another fight and tried to stab Geiseb with a knife again.
“In retaliation, Geiseb stabbed !Hauseb on the left side of the chest in what eye witnesses said was self-defence. He was rushed to the hospital but died upon arrival,” he said.
Commissioner Maritshane also confirmed suggestions by family members that two men have been at loggerheads for some time before the fatal incident.
“The information we got also suggests that the two men do not see eye to eye and have had a long rivalry. They argue a lot and the truth is they do not like each other even though they were drinking together,” said Maritshane who added that on this occasion, the deceased was the provocateur.
Geiseb was denied bail after appearing in Gobabis Magistrate court last week and the case was remanded.