Keetmanshoop youth group back in court

13 May 2019 14:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 MAY (NAMPA) – Police investigations in a case of 14 members of the Keetmanshoop youth group arrested in January this year after allegedly invading the office of the //Kharas Governor are still outstanding.
The accused persons on Monday made another appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court, who postponed their case to 25 July 2019 for further police investigations and allow four of the accused persons to secure legal representation.
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.
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 during their second court appearance on 20 March this year, all accused persons indicated that they will seek for State-funded defence lawyers.
Stephen Coetzee and Samantha Loubser represented the majority of the accused, while three of the accused are still without legal representation.
The State was represented by Frederick van der Colf.
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 latter 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.
All accused persons were granted bail of N.dollars 400 during their first court appearance.