Keetmanshoop youth back in court

20 Mar 2019 13:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - The 14 members of the Keetmanshoop youth group arrested in January this year after allegedly invading the office of the //Kharas Governor, made their second court appearance on Wednesday.
They appeared before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court, who postponed their case to 13 May 2019 for further investigations and to allow the accused to secure legal representation.
Mungunda postponed the case for further police investigations and for the accused to find legal representation.
During the court hearing on Wednesday, State representative Frederick van der Colf informed the court that investigations are not complete as there are still a few statements to be obtained from police officers.
During their first court appearance on 25 January, all the accused indicated to the court that they would seek the services of private lawyers to represent them but on Wednesday all accused persons indicated that they have applied for State-funded defence lawyers.
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.
On 23 January, around 50 members of the same group entered the office with cleaning gear and started cleaning inside and 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 after the former refused to vacate the area.
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, in addition to contravening Section 18 (2) (b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act.