Marthina Mutanga & Eba Kandovazu
A YOUNG woman whose brother lost his life over the weekend while defending her from a rapist said that she will remember him as a hero.
“He was a very reserved man, but to me, he died a hero,” said his sister.
The incident, which occurred at the family home in Windhoek’s Havana informal settlement on Saturday, shocked the nation and comes fresh off the heels of a similar incident in the same neighbourhood.
During Saturday’s incident, 29-year-old Andy Kazekondjo was shot in the chest after he ran to the rescue of his 22-year-old sister, who was staring down the barrel of a gun when a man broke into her shack and attempted to rape her.
“We no longer feel safe in our own homes. On the night in question, my boyfriend was sleeping next to me when the robber entered the room. My boyfriend was told to lay on his tummy, face-down. We did not hear the intruder cutting the chain to enter the room,” narrated the young woman.
She added that the armed robber demanded for her mobile phone before demanding that she open her legs.
“When I refused, he took a rake and beat me with it on my legs. My brother heard the commotion and he came out from the next room to try and fight off the man, but the robber started shooting randomly. While running away and trying to escape, my brother chased after him with a shovel. It was then that my brother was shot in the chest and died on the spot,” she recalls.
Khomas Regional Commander Police Commissioner Joseph Shikongo said that the police is still on the ground and appealing to the community for any information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.
“My team is working around the clock to address the rising crime in the Havana informal settlement,” said Shikongo.
A fortnight ago at the same informal settlement, a woman and her 8-year-old daughter were forced to look on as two men armed with a gun took turns raping her 12-year-old daughter after breaking into her shack.
On Monday, a group of activists from the Samora Michel Constituency demonstrated in solidarity against the prevalent crimes taking place in the community.
Kazekondjo will be buried the coming weekend at Omongua in the Omaheke Region.
He is survived by his five children.