Family of five burn to death

Five people died after lightning set a house on fire in the Chinchimani area of the Zambezi Region on Friday.

30 January 2018 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT



A family of five burned to death near Katima Mulilo at the weekend after their thatched house was struck by lightning.

According to the police, the incident occurred on Friday at Mazwangenda village in the Chinchimani area.

The house was struck by lightning while it was raining. The parents and their three children were in the house when the lightning struck and according to the police, they burned to death inside the house. No foul play is suspected.

The deceased were identified as Mateus Diveve, 45, Peleko Diveve, 37, Kadoli Diveve, 9, Timeline Diveve, 5, and three-year-old Maria Diveve.

Police also this weekend clamped down on drug dealers. Several arrests were made, among them a 50-year-old woman who was allegedly found in possession of drugs worth more than N$14 000.

According to the police, the woman was arrested during a drug bust in Mondesa, Swakopmund on Friday. She was allegedly in possession of 1 300 grams of dagga and 12 Mandrax tablets.

In another incident in Mondesa, a 40-year-old man was arrested on Friday for dealing in drugs. He was allegedly in possession of 67 grams of dagga, 50 Mandrax tablets and 40 units of crack cocaine valued art N$10 920.

Still in Mondesa, a 20-year-old man was arrested in Mandume Ndemufayo Street on Friday for possession of dagga valued at N$900.

At Bergsig, a 33-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were arrested for possession of cannabis. The two suspects were arrested at the farm Fontein.

At Opuwo, a 27-year-old woman was arrested at Sbogae bar in the Ouranda location after dagga was found in her handbag on Saturday.

In Windhoek, three armed men broke into a house in Suiderhof on Friday and held the owner at gunpoint.

According to the police, one burglar was armed with a firearm, one with a bolt cutter and one with a screwdriver. They stole one laptop, one television, two suitcases, N$800 in cash, an iPhone, jewellery, a cellphone and a motor vehicle.

Through cellphone tracking, the suspects were found in Matsitsi Road in the Goreangab area. Upon the police’s arrival, the suspect who was in the vehicle abandoned it and fled toward the shacks in the area. He managed to escape. The police only recovered the vehicle and one cell phone. No arrest has been made yet.

In another housebreaking incident at Nubuamis Hills estate north of Windhoek, five suspects broke into the premises on Saturday.

A security guard saw the suspects and a fight broke out with the suspects throwing stones at the guard. The guard fired a warning shot but the suspects continued throwing stones at him. In self-defence, he fired in their direction and wounded one suspect.

All the suspects fled the scene. The wounded suspect was found at Katutura State Hospital seeking treatment. He was arrested and is under police guard.

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