Inquest into struggle kid Ndatipo's death begins Thursday

08 Jul 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The hearing of an inquest into the death of a member of the 'Children of the Liberation Struggle', Frieda Ndatipo, is expected to kick off in the High Court here on Thursday, 09 July 2015.
High Court Judge, Christie Liebenberg is assigned to preside over the hearing of the inquest that will run until 17 July 2015.
Prominent human rights defence lawyer, Norman Tjombe will represent a number of local reporters from the English daily 'The Namibian' newspaper who have been subpoenaed to give evidence at the inquest.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer, Titus Ipumbu, who was very vocal in his calls for a lawsuit against Government on behalf of Ndatipo's family, was also subpoenaed to give evidence at the hearing.
Earlier this year, High Court Judge-President Petrus Damaseb designated Judge Liebenberg to conduct the inquest following a request by Justice Minister Dr. Albert Kawana in terms of the Inquests Act (Act Number Six of 1993).
The late 26-year-old Ndatipo was shot dead, allegedly by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on 27 August 2014 during a street-stone-throwing scuffle between a group of the ‘struggle kids’ and the law-enforcement unit that was preventing the group from reaching the Swapo Party head office along Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher streets in Katutura on that fateful day.
Ndatipo was originally from the Okongo district of the Ohangwena Region.
Shortly after the incident, the leadership of the DTA of Namibia had described the alleged killing and loss of life 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 also be condemned by the leadership of the Namibian Government.
The inquest was decided upon after the Office of the Prosecutor General, PG Martha Imalwa, declined to prosecute any person allegedly involved in the incident that led to the death of Ndatipo. This decision was taken after Imalwa received a report of an investigation conducted by the Office of the Ombudsman, Advocate John Walters.