Struggle kids arrested for assault in court Wednesday

01 Mar 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 MAR (NAMPA) – Seven 'children of the liberation struggle' arrested for allegedly assaulting a minibus driver to the point of being unconscious in the capital are expected to make their first court appearance on Wednesday.
The incident occurred Sunday 10 kilometres north of the capital near the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe farm, where they were moved to in December 2015 after camping at the Swapo Party headquarters since October 2015.
The arrested group, who will face a host of charges ranging from robbery with aggravating circumstances and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to public violence and malicious damage to property, are expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court along Mungunda Street at 09h00.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Matheus and officials at the Katutura Magistrate's Court confirmed this to Nampa upon enquiry on Tuesday.
The minibus driver, Likius Nanghalu, 46, is now receiving medical attention at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital for his broken left arm, right hand thumb and frontal bone.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Matheus said a female member of the 'struggle kids' was dropped off at the camp by the minibus, which had just returned from northern Namibia.
One of her bags was apparently left behind in the minibus trailer.
Matheus said her friends were waiting for her at the gate as she had a lot of luggage.
“The assistant driver got out of the bus, went to the trailer and handed over her luggage, but as they were about to leave, she discovered that one of her bags was still in the bus.”
The bus driver and one of the struggle kids started arguing for unknown reasons.
The struggle kids then apparently poured a liquid over the driver and a fight broke out.
He said some of the passengers tried to intervene but they were attacked as well so they fled.
Some of the driver and passengers’ belongings were stolen from the bus and one of the windows broken.
According to NamPol, only seven are potential suspects in the alleged assault case while two of them are persons of interest.
A total of about 400 members of the 'children of the liberation struggle' are currently being accommodated at the Swapo Party-owned farm in the Brakwater area after they were evicted from the premises of the party headquarters.
The group is demanding to be provided with job opportunities in Government ministries and state-owned entities.