Angola releases Namibians arrested for illegal crossing

The government has urged people living along the Angolan border not to enter that country illegally.

19 January 2021 | Justice

NAMPA

RUNDU

Four Namibians who were held at the Gciriku Post holding cells for illegally crossing into Angola have been released.

Three boys and a man aged 23 were arrested more than two weeks ago after they tried to retrieve a cow that had died on the Angolan side of the border.

The boys are in grades 8, 9 and 12, while the man lies in Angola where he helps the family with grazing for their cattle.

The councillor of Mucuso village in Angola, Mathew Kandingu, told Nampa that the four have been released.

Their family was given until Saturday to pay a total bail amount of N$7 500 for all four, failing which they would be transferred to Minonge Prison.

This was after bail had initially been set at N$7 500 per person.

After the involvement of Mukwe councillor Damian Maghambayi, who informed the government that the family were subsistence farmers and had no fixed income, bail was reduced.

“The family members of the boys on Sunday paid the money for their release,” Kandingu said.

He added that the Namibian police in Rundu would pick up the boys and return them home.

Kandingu advised everyone living along the Kavango River to adhere to the relevant laws.

He called on them to contact the Namibian police if there is an urgent need to cross into Angola instead of doing it illegally.

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