Inquest into Ndatipo's death begins in May

29 Apr 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 29 APR (NAMPA) - An inquest into the death of 'struggle kid' Frieda Ndatipo will commence by the end of next month.
“Judge Christie Liebenberg has directed the Registrar of the High Court to enrol the matter for a pre-hearing conference to take place on 29 May 2015 at 09h00 at the High Court,” reads a media statement issued on Wednesday afternoon by the Registrar of the High Court Elsie Schickerling.
High Court Judge-President Petrus Damaseb on Tuesday designated Liebenberg to conduct the inquest following the request of Justice Minister Dr Albert Kawana in terms of the Inquests Act (Act Number Six of 1993).
The 26-year-old Ndatipo was shot dead allegedly by a member of the police on 27 August 2014 during a scuffle between the ‘struggle kids’ and the law-enforcement unit, who was preventing the group from reaching the Swapo-Party head office along Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher streets in Katutura.
Ndatipo was from the Okongo district of the Ohangwena Region.
The leadership of the DTA of Namibia earlier described the killing as “sickening and morally indefensible”.
The DTA’s national chairperson, Jennifer van den Heever said in a media statement last year that the use of deadly force against unarmed civilians can under no circumstances be condoned, defended or justified, and should be condemned by the leadership of the Namibian government.