Namibian govt condemns apartheid-influenced church killer
The Namibian government has called on American President Barack Obama’s administration to leave no stone unturned in its efforts to get justice for the nine African-Americans gunned down in a Charleston church by a young killer with apparent sympathies to the old South African apartheid regime.
Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested on Thursday shortly after the shooting incident which has caused international uproar, especially because of his apparent fascination with white supremacy.
A Facebook profile picture of Roof shows him wearing a jacket that prominently features the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and the then Rhodesia.
Rhodesia is now called Zimbabwe.
A website was also uncovered over the weekend that shows Roof holding a Confederate flag and burning an American flag with a racist rant concluding he needed to become violent after typing " black on White crime" into Google. He says he chose Charleston because at one time it had the highest ratio of blacks to whites and white supremacist groups were not doing enough.
In a statement issued by the Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations Co-operation, it said the Namibian government condemns the church shootings in Charleston, calling it a massacre of African-Americans.
Four pastors, a librarian and an 87-year-old woman were among the nine people shot dead during a Bible study last Wednesday at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Namibian government also expressed deep concern over the meaningless killings and added that all nine victims, including Reverend Clementa Pinckney, were African-Americans.
Pinckney was also a State senator for South Carolina.
“The suspect is a white male. This massacre follows a pattern in the USA, of white people, including police officers, targeting African-Americans,” says the press release.
According to the statement the Namibian government condemns the mindless act of atrocity perpetrated against African-Americans that were peacefully worshiping in the house of God.
It has been reported that before Roof opened fire on members of the Bible study group, he spent nearly an hour inside the church.
The Namibian government has also called on America to spare no effort to ensure the prosecution of the “killer”.
“The Namibian government and people convey their sympathy and solidarity with the families of the victims, as they mourn their loved ones.”
Last Friday, Roof confessed to carrying out the deadly attack at the church which authorities has described as a hate crime.
WINDHOEK ELLANIE SMIT