Arrested Keetmanshoop protestors get bail

25 Jan 2019 19:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – The 14 members of the Keetmanshoop youth group arrested on Wednesday after invading the Office of the //Kharas Governor, were granted bail of N.dollars 400 each in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
The accused persons made their first court appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda, who postponed their case to 06 March this year for further police investigations and legal representation for the accused.
They face charges of malicious damage to property, common assault, assault on a member of the police and resisting arrest by a member of the police and contravening Section 18 (2) (b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act.
During the court hearing on Friday all the accused indicated to the court that they would seek private lawyers to represent them.
The accused are Elmarey Kooper, 29; Zerilda Goliath, 30; Elaine Swartbooi, 19; Jessica Jansen, 21; Penina Haack, 29; Romario Kahuika, 29; Innocencia Goliath, 29; Rionetha Goliath, 22; Easter Isaak, 33; Joseph Isaaks, 50; Lesley Boois, 43; Jefrey Goliath, 30; Stiloy Vries, 31, and Eduard Fleermuys, 43.
They were granted bail on condition that they do not visit the governor’s office individually or collectively and that they must reside at the respective addresses they provided and if anyone changes their residential address, they should inform the investigating officer.
The State was represented by Lewis Chigunwe.
On Wednesday, around 50 members of the same group entered the office with cleaning gear and started cleaning inside as well as outside.
According to the group, they were cleaning the governor’s office as a way to show their dismay about Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila’s response about the appointment of struggle kids in Government jobs at the expense of local youth.
The police were called in to deal with the matter, after which scuffles broke out between the officers and the group following their refusal to vacate.
Thirteen were arrested on the premises while one of the accused (Isaaks) was arrested later at the Keetmanshoop Police Station when he went to enquire about the arrests of his co-accused.