The Namibian (Windhoek)

21 November 2012

Namibia: Free Haircut for Khorixas Detainees

MORE than 50 trial-awaiting prisoners in the Khorixas Police holding cells were treated to a free haircut on Sunday .

Ellis Geiriseb, who owns Triple C barbershop at Khorixas, cut the detainees' hair after getting permission from the local police.

“I decided to cut the hair of prisoners because good hygiene is needed and prisoners are humans,” Geiriseb told The Namibian.

The prisoners were taken out of the cells one by one to be shaved.

“I am very thankful. My head will get fresh air now. I did not have a haircut for months since my confinement,” said Daniel Van Wyk, one of the inmates.

Another prisoner, Desmond //Khamuxab, said: “I feel so nice after the haircut.”

“It should be made a regular thing, since we don't cut our hair in the cells,” said 30-year-old Frans /Uiseb from Otavi.

Sebastian Willemse (45) said it was the first time he had seen a member of the public cutting prisoners' hair. “We shall pray for him to live longer.”

Khorixas police station commander Hiskia Nuuyoma said that it was a great initiative from Geiriseb to promote hygiene in prison cells.

“People like Ellis [Geiriseb] deserve a pat on the back for this, this must continue,” Nuuyoma said.

According to Geiriseb the free haircuts were worth more than N$500 and this will become a yearly initiative.

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