Southern police complete investigations into racial attack

15 Jan 2014 11:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – Police investigations into the alleged racial attack on three young black men by two white men here in September last year have been completed.
Daniel Coffee, 34, and 28-year-old Christiaan Heydt made their third appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for allegedly beating, kicking and pointing a gun at the complainants - Wilhelm Mwetungelela, 24, Haikali Venasiu, 23 and Otto Kalimela Stephanus, 22.
Magistrate Helena Nepembe presided over the matter on Tuesday and postponed the case to 21 February this year for the discloser of the case docket to the two accused lawyer Callie le Roux before the trial date is set.
Heydt and Coffee’s bail of N.dollars 10 000 each was extended until their next court appearance.
Venasiu and Mwetungelela are students of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) centre in Keetmanshoop.
The alleged attack took place in the evening hours of September 2013 at Shooters Pub and Grill in Keetmanshoop.
The victims claimed that the two white individuals attacked them because they entered a pub where black people are apparently not welcome.
“We did not say anything to them. When they saw us, they just surrounded us. They were many but only three started beating us when we went outside. One pointed a pistol at me and whipped me with it in the face.
They were telling us that it is not a place for blacks,” Venasiu told Nampa in October.
Mwetungelela said his hearing has been affected in the attack which landed him in hospital.
Stephanus said he had been walking behind his friends when they entered the pub.
“When I went in, I found a group of white men surrounding my friends. When I asked what was happening, one man pointed a pistol at my head and told me to sit down. I refused to sit down, and we started fighting. During the fight, I heard a gunshot, and I ran away,” he said at the time.