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… assault cases opened, Ndeitunga alerted.

The Tsumeb Police Station is in the middle of investigations following a fight between officers and trial awaiting inmates over a smuggled cellphone, dagga and a bottle of whiskey.

It is understood that these had been smuggled into cells which prompted a search and seizure by the officers, with the inmates refusing to allow this to happen without a fight.

In the meantime, the Namibian Police Force Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, has said that he is aware of a video circulating and alleging that officers at Tsumeb Police Station assaulted trial awaiting prisoners.

The prisoners are in for a charge of possession/dealing in drugs and assault to do grievous bodily harm as well as cases of murder.

A fact-finding team has been dispatched in Tsumeb.

Initial findings are that there had been reports that marijuana was smuggled into cell 4, of which a search unearthed a cellphone and dagga.

Later in the evening, during feeding time, inmates in cell 4 over-powered officers and during the altercation, one of the inmates rushed to a bin where he picked a bottle of whiskey in a plastic bag.

This happened as inmates allegedly used a smuggled cellphone to record the altercation.

Those who suffered injuries during the fight were taken to hospital while two cases of assault were opened against the officers.

Investigations are under-way.


Julia Heita

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