Pick n Pay suspect granted bail
In terms of the bail conditions, Samuel Shikale must report to the Windhoek police station once a week, and may not leave the country or change his residential address without police permission.
10 July 2020 | Justice
Samuel Shikale, who allegedly assaulted a female shop attendant at the Pick n Pay Mega Centre branch in Kleine Kuppe on Sunday, was granted N$3 000 bail yesterday.
Shikale was arrested at his home in Cimbebasia yesterday morning after a police manhunt.
He appeared before Magistrate Alweendo Venatius in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court later in the day on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The case was postponed to 2 September.
In terms of the bail conditions, Shikale must report to the Windhoek police station once a week. He may not leave the country or change his residential address without police permission.
Shikale was represented by Bradley Basson and the prosecutor was Tatelo Lusepani.
Footage of the assault on a female employee of Pick n Pay sparked outrage on social media.
The managing director of Pick n Pay Namibia, Graeme Mouton, issued a statement saying: “This barbaric incident is extremely upsetting as we value the health and safety of both our employees and customers. In a country where gender-based violence is at the order of the day, we simply cannot and will not condone this type of behaviour. We are sorry that our employee had to endure this trauma and sincerely apologise to her as well as the rest of our employees and customers who had to watch this horrendous altercation.”
He said the customer and his female accomplice were no longer welcome at any Pick n Pay stores.
The company would provide trauma counselling to the affected employee, and all other employees who witnessed the attack, Mouton said.