Five Whk taxi drivers robbed over the weekend

WINDHOEK: Five taxi drivers were allegedly robbed of their vehicles at knifepoint in Windhoek’s Katutura residential area over the weekend.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Slogan Matheus said at the weekly crime briefing in the capital on Sunday the incidents were reported between Friday and Sunday.

He said in all five incidents, two male suspects approached the taxi drivers and asked to be dropped off at a certain point. While on the way there, one of the suspects would take out a knife and force the driver to leave the taxi, and they would drive off with the vehicle.

Only two of the taxis have been recovered by the police, and police investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile, Matheus said four unknown suspects armed with a pistol, held a security guard on duty at a bar in Oshakati on Sunday morning at around 02h00 and robbed him of his service pistol, a hand radio and his cellphone.

It is alleged that the suspects further tried to cut a padlock to gain access to the bar, but when they failed, they tied up the security officer with sellotape and fled the scene.

None of the suspects have been arrested so far and police investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Jacobus Martin Kotze died after he allegedly hanged himself with a rope in his room on Friday. The incident occurred at an unknown time in Khomasdal’s Alexander Street.

He did not leave a suicide note behind and police investigations into the matter continue.

Matheus said the 29-year-old Mungerisi Uteni allegedly hanged herself from a tree some distance away from her family’s homestead at Etoto village in the Epupa Constituency on Friday at around 06h00.

No suicide note was left behind and police investigations into the matter continue.

At Katima Mulilo, a 34-year-old female who was on her way home after visiting a family member in hospital was grabbed and dragged into the bushes by two suspects. They stabbed her with a knife on the left leg and on the ear before they took turns to rape her on Thursday, between 18h00 and 19h00. The incident occurred between the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre and Katima Farm.

The suspects also robbed the victim of her cellphone valued at N.dollars 400.

Both suspects are still at large and police investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile, a teacher at Shapwa Primary School in Ongwediva was arrested after she burned her 27-year-old daughter, who was handicapped and wheelchair-bound, to death in a dustbin.

According to Matheus, it is suspected that the incident took place on Friday, but the body was only recovered on Saturday morning.

The teacher has been admitted to the Oshakati State Hospital for psychiatric observation.

Police investigations continue.

A driver of a Scania truck with registration number N102-792W and his passenger died on the spot last Wednesday after he lost control of the vehicle. The truck overturned at around 12h40 on the Kupferburg Road, some 90 kilometres outside Windhoek.

The deceased have been identified as Junia Shehamandje Velikoshi, 44; who was the driver, and Leonard Elago (age unknown).

They were both employed at Mondo’s Transport Company and their next of kin have already been informed.

Police investigations into the matter continue.