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Taxi robberies has drivers in fear

Mon, 17 June 2013 02:16
by Chris Paul

three taxi robberies rocked the city at the weekend, with suspects taking off with the vehicles while also pocketing the income and other possessions of the drivers.
Also, six people were reported dead during countrywide as crimes ranged from murder, culpable homicide and to concealment of birth.
In what has become a rapid increase in recent weeks, three taxi drivers were robbed over the weekend in Windhoek.
One of the robberies took place after the taxi driver picked up two men in Extension One in Pioneers Park who wanted to be dropped in Academia.  
En route to Academia, the men held the driver and gun point and got away with the car, three cell phones, a N$ 50 and a USB flash drive.
The car was found dumped in  Sigem Street in Dolam residential area in Katutura the next day.
In another incident over the weekend, two men hitch-hiked a taxi from Katutura to Windhoek West. On the way the two men  grabbed and ordered the taxi driver to stop. They kicked him out of his car and took off with his cell phone and N$ 170 in cash.
The total value of the goods taken including the car was reported as N$ 32 000. No arrests were made by late yesterday.
The third taxi driver was held at gunpoint at Women Centre in Okuryangava, like in the other scenarios, the robbers took off with the car, which was described as a Toyota Corolla.
There were also a couple housebreaking and theft reported across the country, with only one robbery that did not involve a taxi.
In probably the most extra-ordinary scenario that claimed lives,  two minors aged 11 and 12 died in a bomb explosion in Omudhuwauhanga village in Ruakana.
According to police reports, the two boys where in the bush looking for donkeys when they found the bomb and started to play with it.
The boys were found dead at around 07:00 the next day by concerned relatives.  At Onemanya Cuca Shop in Okahao Constituency, police were on called in to restore order as a 28-year-old panga wielding man harassed members of the community.   
Police were on hand to restore order, but it would later appear that the order restoration went  a little bit over the top, as the man ended getting shot.
He apparently resisted arrest and fled into the bush, and shots from one of the police officers’ riffles hit the man who later died.
He was rushed to Okahao District Hospital, but further needed better medical attention and needed to be transported to Oshakati. He died on the way to Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.