Misleading information causes havoc in Golgotha

16 Nov 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Angry Windhoek residents gathered at a house in the Golgotha residential area in Katutura after a local radio station reported that a boy was kidnapped and held there.
The angry mob, comprised of hundreds of people, threw stones at the house, demanding that the owner come out and explain to them why he is kidnapping their children.
Members of the Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Special Field Force unit had to be called in to help subdue the situation, something they struggled with for hours.
A NamPol helicopter was also monitoring the situation as the crowd persisted at throwing rocks at both the house and the NamPol officers.
The officers then used teargas to disperse the angry and suspicious crowd.
Speaking to Nampa on condition of anonymity, a member of the family blamed the incident on the media, particularly the radio station that first ran the story of the alleged kidnapped boy.
According to the family, a stone was thrown on the roof of their house on Thursday morning at around 07h00.
One of the occupants allegedly went out to see who did this and found three boys who all ran when they saw him.
“He managed to catch the slowest one, whom he brought home to ask why he threw the stone on the roof, to which the boy replied that his friends told him to do so,” the family member said.
The child was then taken to the school to identify his friends.
It is further alleged that a vendor (allegedly a woman) operating in the area of the house, called the radio station, informing them that she saw the boy being kidnapped.
According to members of the community at the scene, this was the second time they saw this happening, with the last incident having taken place in August.
Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi as well as Khomas Regional Commander, Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa dismissed the kidnapping allegations, requesting parents with missing children to report it to the police.
By the time Nampa left the scene, the affected family and the family of the boy who threw the stone at the house, together with Nghishidimbwa were in a discussion to resolve the matter.