Protestors call for death penalty after Botma murders

05 Feb 2018 15:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Dozens of protestors gathered at the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday, calling for the death penalty after the weekend murders of farmer couple, Giel and Sarie Botma.
The elderly couple was allegedly murdered by three suspects at their farm, Lindenhof near Koës Friday night.
Giel Botma was aged 79 and his wife, 80.
The three accused, Julius Arndt, 40; Andries Afrikaner, 37; and Johannes Christiaan, 36, made their first appearance in front of magistrate Frans Anderson, who postponed the case to 23 April 2018 for further police investigations and legal aid.
Speaking on behalf of the protestors, Willem Labuschagne said they want the death penalty back in Namibia as they are tired of murders being committed and bail being granted for serious offences.
“Every day, you hear of women and girls being raped and murdered and nothing is done, the offenders remain suspects and eventually sit in jail for only a few years.”
Labuschagne said the death penalty is the only solution in cases such as rape and murder as it will serve as a deterrent.
“In Botswana that still has the death penalty, in the last 10 years, only one murder case was recorded,” he claimed, further emphasising that their call should not be seen as them speaking out for Afrikaner people only.
“The nation must not take this as if we protest only for the whites. We want the death penalty to be enforced for everyone in this country. We believe a person will then think twice before murdering someone.”
The accused are charged with murder, housebreaking and theft, among other charges and they remain in custody.
The State is represented by prosecutor Marlon Adams in this case.