Investigations complete in Keetmanshoop Youth Group case

The police have completed 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.

The accused persons on Thursday made another appearance before Magistrate Melissa Mungunda in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate's Court, who postponed their case to 28 August 2019 for fixing of a trial date.

The accused are ElmareyKooper, 29; Zerilda Goliath, 30; Elaine Swartbooi, 19; Jessica Jansen, 21; PeninaHaack, 29; RomarioKahuika, 29; Innocencia Goliath, 29; Rionetha Goliath, 22; Easter Isaak, 33; Joseph Isaaks, 50; Lesley Boois, 43; Jefrey Goliath, 30; StiloyVries, 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.

Legal aid lawyers Stephen Coetzee, Samantha Loubser and Quinton Haoseb are representing the accused persons.

The State was represented by Colleen Yisa.

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 SaaraKuugongelwa-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.

Source: Namibia Press Agency