Zoo Park 25 vindicated

13 October 2020 | Justice



The prosecutor-general, Martha Imalwa, has dropped all charges against the so-called Zoo Park 25 who were detained during protests against gender-based violence on Saturday.

The protest was triggered by the murder of 22-year-old Shannon Wasserfall, whose remains were found in a shallow grave at Walvis Bay last week.

The group protested over three days and were eventually arrested after clashes with the police.

Henry Shimitukeni, one of the lawyers representing the protesters, indicated that action may be taken against the police for unlawful detention.

“Some of our clients have indicated that they want to take steps but they still have to come back to us for full and final instruction,” he said. The spokesperson of the office of the judiciary, Ockert Jansen, could not comment on the nature of the charges yesterday as no charge sheets were available.

“This matter did not appear before the Windhoek Magistrate's Court at all. You have to hear from the PG's office what charges those were,” he said.

The PG was not available but Namibian Sun understands the two charges contemplated against the protesters included contravention of the Public Gathering Proclamation of 1989.

The second is related to the Covid-19 regulations, which prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people.

Detention of journalists

Meanwhile, the police chief, Inspector-General Sebastian Ndeitunga, yesterday said that the media are respected stakeholders in the dissemination of police-related information.

Nevertheless, he added that the four journalists who were detained during the protest had acted outside the law and obstructed officers in executing their duties.

“The journalists in question were detained while they were in the midst of the unruly protesting crowd and could not provide immediate identification. They were cautioned and implored to stay clear of certain areas, however they did not comply,” he said.

Ndeitunga added that the Special Reserve Force had the responsibility to disperse the unruly crowd without negotiation and they did so to handle the situation and keep everyone safe.

According to him, the police are in favour of peaceful protest, but against unlawful and rowdy protests.

“Therefore, the protesters are urged to identify group leaders who should be consulted whenever the need arises,” he said.

[email protected]

Similar News


Katiti's lawsuit to be heard in May 2021

1 day - 26 November 2020 | Justice

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe lawsuit in which Augustinus Katiti is suing his former employer, the Namibia Institute of Pathology, will be heard in May 2021, High Court...

Redforce back in business

4 days ago - 23 November 2020 | Justice

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU Redforce Debt Management and the Rundu town council have reached a settlement agreement which will allow the debt...

Fishrot: Iyambo sentenced to nine months

1 week ago - 20 November 2020 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKJason Iyambo, who was arrested in January for attempting to bribe an...

Judiciary rejects corruption allegations

1 week ago - 19 November 2020 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has rejected allegations of corruption in...

Manager in viral video resigns

1 week ago - 19 November 2020 | Justice

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKA G4S Security Services manager, who was sued for N$1 million in connection with an altercation in November last year, has resigned.Namibian Sun has...

Shortage of magistrates must be addressed

1 week ago - 19 November 2020 | Justice

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKChief Justice Peter Shivute says the shortage of magistrates has greatly affected access to justice in the country, especially in remote areas.Shivute said this...

Criminal justice system irks public

1 week ago - 18 November 2020 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKChief Justice Petrus Shivute has highlighted several issues in the criminal justice...

Fishrot briber pleads guilty

1 week ago - 17 November 2020 | Justice

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKJason Iyambo, who attempted to...

10 children serving jail time

2 weeks ago - 13 November 2020 | Justice

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATINamibia currently has 10 children serving jail time. The youngest juvenile offender is 14 and was convicted of rape. He was sentenced to five...

Supreme Court ushers Kudumo out of chieftaincy

2 weeks ago - 12 November 2020 | Justice

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDUThe Uukwangali community has to elect a new traditional chief after the Supreme Court last week dismissed an appeal...

Latest News

Kenya's economic growth to rebound...

11 hours ago | Economics

Duncan MiririKenya's economic growth is expected to bounce back next year, the World Bank said on Wednesday, as it emerges from a projected decline in...

Man kills, buries his partner

11 hours ago | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOKATANAA 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a body discovered on Wednesday at Omayanga village in the Okatana Constituency, Oshana Region. The...

Swapo holds on by fingernails

11 hours ago | Politics

TOIVO NDJEBELAWINDHOEKSwapo continued from where it left off with its downward spiral in last year's election by having its hold onto key constituencies and local...

Iipinge taps out

11 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKOutgoing Walvis Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Iipinge, who has conceded to Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) candidate Florian Donatus Tegako, says his work...

Nigerians to slide into further...

11 hours ago | Economics

Camille Malplat and Louise Dewast More than 200 million Nigerians will slide further into poverty as the coronavirus pandemic has sent oil prices tumbling and...

Hit the ground running

11 hours ago | Opinion

At the time of penning this down yesterday, the tabulation of election results was still under way. It didn’t look like a good day at...

Auto Sueco gunning the future...

11 hours ago | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEwindhoekFrom its humble beginnings in 2004, Auto Sueco Namibia is now a reckoned force in the Extra heavy and heavy commercial vehicle market with...

Ivory Coast raises 1 billion...

11 hours ago | Economics

Ivory Coast's Eurobond sale this week, sub-Saharan Africa's first of the pandemic era, raised 1 billion euros (US$1.19 billion) and was five times oversubscribed, the...

Open defecation remains a problem

11 hours ago | Health

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKIt is estimated that 14% of Namibians living in urban areas practise open defecation, while 77% of people living in rural areas do the...

Load More