Rehoboth Five land grab case postponed

08 Sep 2016 17:30pm
REHOBOTH, 08 SEP (NAMPA) – The case of five men arrested for an illegal public gathering and obstructing a police officer during the land scuffle here on 02 May this year, was on Thursday remanded to 30 November 2016.
The men, now known as the Rehoboth Five, are Affirmative Repositioning (AR) activist Abraham Kaibib, 48; Melvin Beukes, 40; Gavin Cloete, 40; Petrus Olivier, 40; and Robert Borman, 45.
They appeared before Magistrate Andre Matulich in the Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court.
The AR movement allegedly instigated approximately 300 residents of the town to occupy land illegally in the Kuvukiland settlement in Rehoboth's Block G area, but confrontations erupted between land grabbers and police which led to rubber bullets being fired.
The case was on the roll for plea and trial but could not proceed as the legal representative of the five, Kadhila Amoomo from the Sisa Namandje law firm, was not present and wanted the case to be remanded to July 2017.
But Matulich would have none of that and ordered the accused to contact their lawyer to arrange for a nearer date or send someone else in his place. He gave them until 14h00 the same day to return to court.
The magistrate said the court can’t be dictated into postponing a matter as far as next year.
Speaking to Nampa after the 14h00 court session, Kaibib said Amoomo managed to get the case remanded to 30 November this year for plea and trial and for investigations into the matter be completed.
A clerk at Rehoboth Magistrate’s Court confirmed the postponement of the case to 30 November.
The accused persons’ bail was extended until their next court appearance.