Matric farewell after-parties should be banned: Scholtz

10 Sep 2013 06:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 SEP (NAMPA) – !Nami≠Nüs Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz has requested that all matric farewell after-parties be banned, following the death of a youngster at such an event over the weekend.
Lüderitz learner Julio Che Guevara Shoombe, 19, was allegedly stabbed by a 20-year-old out-of-school youth on Saturday. He later died in the hospital on the same day.
Shoombe was the son of former !Nami≠Nüs Constituency Councillor, David Shoombe.
Scholtz, who is also the chairperson of the //Karas Regional Council, told Nampa on Tuesday that he requested the Directorate of Education and parents here to make sure that matric farewell parties end at the facilities they are held, and that celebrations do not continue beyond that.
“After-parties are a killing field for our children. I don’t think they are worth being held.
It is very unfortunate that parents lost a son. Parents and school management teams must come together and stop these parties,” the politician suggested.
On his part, Crime Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said parents must condemn after-parties as they are dangerous.
“Should these parties continue, it must take place during the day under parent supervision, and alcohol must be controlled as it is the cause of violence,” Isaak said on Tuesday.
The deceased’s sister, Ndahafa Shoombe, told this agency on Tuesday that the accused also stabbed her brother on the cheek three years ago.
“The fight, as the other students said, started out of jealousy. Everywhere he (accused) met my brother, he tried to pick a fight with him, and this time he stabbed him, knowing he will kill him,” the grieving sister claimed.
The accused, Marshall Steven Timothy Namandungwe, appeared in the Lüderitz Magistrate’s Court Monday on a charge of murder, and was remanded in custody for further police investigations.
The case was postponed to 21 October 2013.