'Rehoboth Five' case postponed to March 2017
30 Nov 2016 18:20pm
REHOBOTH, 30 NOV (NAMPA) - The case of five men arrested for an illegal public gathering and obstructing a police officer during a scuffle over land in Rehoboth in May this year, was on Wednesday remanded to 07 March 2017.
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 Salome Bampton in the Rehoboth Magistrates 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.
Confrontations erupted between land grabbers and the police and rubber bullets were 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. An arrangement was made with Public Prosecutor Leonard Mateus for the case to be remanded to 07 March next year.
The accused persons bail was extended until their next court appearance.