THREE journalists that were detained along with twenty-three other protesters against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Femicide have been released from the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Julia Heita from Eagle FM, Julia Nekwaya from The Namibian and Anne Ambunda, a freelance journalist, have not been charged.
The 23 remaining protesters are still being charged and expected to be freed on warning once processed.
In the meantime, lawyers who volunteered their services to the detained protesters free of charge are preparing an urgent application that will be brought before the High Court in Windhoek to free all the detained protesters.
A member of the Namibian Police at the correctional facility indicated that the protesters will still have to appear in the magistrate’s court on charges of public disturbance, the contravention of COVID-19 health regulations, and the contravention of the regulation prohibiting the gathering of more than 50 people at a time.
Parents and supporter of the people still detained have gathered in front of the main gates of the Central Correctional Facility to wait for the protesters to be released.