Ndatipo shot and killed by unknown person: Inquest Findings

17 Aug 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 AUG (NAMPA) - The late member of the 'Children of the Liberation Struggle', Frieda Ndatipo was shot and killed by an unknown person, the findings of an inquest into her death reveals.
The late Ndatipo, 26, was shot dead on 27 August 2014 during a scuffle between a group of ‘struggle kids’ and law-enforcement officers who were preventing the group from reaching the Swapo Party head office along Leonard Auala and Hans-Dietrich Genscher streets in Katutura that fateful day.
However, the conclusive ruling of the findings of the inquest into Ndatipo's death that was made public by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg here on Monday reveals that her death was brought about by an unlawful act on the part of an unknown person.
The findings further show that the late 'struggle kid' died as a result of a single gunshot injury to the chest and the bullet that claimed her life has not yet been found.
According to the findings of the inquest, the bullet struck the deceased person on the right side of her chest and exited from the left side of the chest, just somewhere near the shoulder. Both Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers and the investigators from the Office of the Ombudsman did not find any bullet at the scene of crime during their investigations.
The findings also indicate that the medical statements obtained from several medical practitioners who treated three police officers injured during the incident, showed that none of them suffered any gunshot wounds, contrary to claims to that effect by the police officers in question.
Furthermore, the inquest came to the conclusion that the majority of the 'Children of the Liberation Struggle' were armed with sticks, knob-kieries and plastic pipes in anticipation of a fight or clash with NamPol and City Police members who were already stationed at the entrance gate of the Swapo head office that day to maintain law and order.
In totality of the findings of the inquest, “no single member or members of NamPol or any other person or persons should be criminally charged or prosecuted in connection with the death of Ndatipo”.
Video footage taken from the Hakahana Service Station's close circuit television (CCTV) cameras did also not show any of the struggle kids firing a shot or shots at the police on the morning of 27 August 2014 when the group passed by that fuel station, as some police officers testified before the hearing of the inquest.
A total of 16 witnesses, three reporters from 'The Namibian' newspaper, a camerawoman and a producer from One Africa Television and several police officers who had witnessed the event that fateful day, gave evidence in the inquest, which was being conducted in terms of the Inquests’ Act (Act Number Six of 1993).
Windhoek-based defence lawyers Norman Tjombe, Loide Shikale and Orben Sibeya represented some of the witnesses.
State Advocate, Dominic Lisulo appeared for the prosecution.