Boy dies in baboon-chase incident

A 13-year-old boy died instantly on Thursday after a pick-up vehicle he was travelling in overturned and landed on top of him at Farm Zammenkomst, situated over 60 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha identified the deceased as Ivandro Pindu.

“Pindu’s close relatives are already informed of his death,” she said.

Mbeha explained that Pindu and four other children aged between 13 and 17 were on the back of a Toyota pick-up driven by their uncle George Gariseb while patrolling the farm.

It is alleged that the children saw a baboon and asked their 58-year-old uncle to go closer so that they could see it better.

“In the processes of turning into the direction of the baboon, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it rolled once,” said Mbeha, adding that all five children who were on the back of the vehicle, were thrown off.

The vehicle landed on its roof on top of Pindu.

Another 15-year-old boy sustained serious injuries, and was admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital that the same day.

A culpable homicide case has been opened against Gariseb.

In a separate incident, a 26-year-old man sustained chest and face injuries after a Volkswagen GTI Golf 4 he was driving crashed into a tree near the Otjiwarongo State Hospital along Libertina Amathila Street at approximately 06h20 on Friday morning.

According to Mbeha, the driver, Elvis //Kharaseb, was driving from Orwetoveni to town when he lost control over the vehicle.

//Kharaseb was stuck inside the vehicle, and the police had to use the “jaws of life” to cut him free.

He and two passengers were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for medical treatment.

//Kharaseb was later flown to the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek in a critical condition.

Police investigations in both matters continue.