//Garoës to appear in Okahandja court on Tuesday

23 Dec 2013 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 DEC (NAMPA) – Okahandja-based community activist Belinda //Garoës, who was arrested on Saturday for smashing a police car window and resisting arrest, will appear in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The suspect allegedly threw a stone at a police vehicle and smashed the window, as police officers were moving in to demolish shack and other dwellings that have been erected illegally on municipal land at Oshetu No. 2 and Five Rand Informal Settlements in Okahandja.
//Garoës was arrested and locked up in the back of a police van, but she then attempted to set the police vehicle alight while she was still locked inside.
The police had to rush to put out the fire and then take her to the Police holding cells, where she was hit with four different charges.
Police Regional Crime Co-ordinator in the Otjozondjupa Region, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa that //Garoës has been charged with malicious damage to property, resisting arrest, contempt of court and attempted arson.
The Okahandja Municipality had been granted an eviction order by the High Court to remove all the illegal shacks from the municipal land, something which //Garoës decided to protest against.
“We explained the purpose of the court order in all languages during the eviction, but she still resisted,” said Khairabeb.
He said some of the illegal shacks, about 70 in total, that were removed were not even complete structures.