Zorena Jantze & Maria David
The Affirmative Repositioning Activist movement succeeded with an urgent application to the Windhoek High Court late on Friday evening to issue an order to bring Dimulukeni Nauyoma who was injured during an arrest by the Windhoek City Police to a hospital for medical treatment.
Nauyoma was arrested earlier on Friday while interfering with members of the city police who were busy demolishing the shack of woman who was unable to pay rent to her landlord. The woman approached the AR with claims that the landlord was sexually harassing her by insisting on sexual favours in lieu of the rent she owed.
When the yet to be identified woman did not want to submit to the sexual harassment, the landlord allegedly called the city police to demolish the shack she rented.
At some stage Nauyoma interfered with the police officers and was summarily arrested.
After his arrest and subsequent incarceration at the Wanaheda Police Station scores of people gathered outside the building in solidarity with Nauyoma and to demand that he be freed because no charges wwere laid against him.
A member of the AR leadership, George Kambala, confirmed that Nauyoma was arrested for trying to prevent city police from demolishing the aggrieved woman’s shack.
“He has been in custody for almost four hours now and no charge was registered. Those officers that arrested him are nowhere to be found,” Kambala said on Friday evening.
AR leader Job Amupanda later on Friday evening said Nauyoma was indeed injured during his arrest and that he was bleeding from wounds he sustained. Amupanda stated that police officers refused to take Nauyoma to the hospital.
Rumours that Nauyoma suffered broken ribs during the arrest or the drive to the cells in the police van could however not be confirmed.
Amupanda added that the police were not at all concerned about the woman that was sexually harassed for permission to stay on the property where her shack was. He further claimed that the arrest of Nauyoma was politically motivated.
During the urgent application before High Court Justice Herman Ootshuizen Nauyoma’s legal representative, Khadila Amoomo, was permitted to provide evidence under oath in lieu of an affidavit.
Dimbulukeni Nauyoma was allegedly not allowed by the commander of the Wanaheda Police Station to make an sworn declaration as to his medical condition.
After hearing evidence by Amoomo and another witness in the urgent application, Judge Oosthuizen ruled that the Inspector General of the Namibian Police, the Khomas Regional Commander, the Wanaheda Police Station Commander or any other senior officer in charge of Wanaheda Police Station immediately bring Nauyoma before Doctor Mankemba or alternatively any doctor at the Rhino park private hospital.
Pictured: People packed the public gallery during the urgent application to the Windhoek High Court to facilitate medical help for Dimbulukeni Nauyoma who was arrested by members of the Windhoek City Police on Friday