11 January 2013

Namibia: No Clarity Yet On Identity of Man Killed in South Africa

UNCERTAINTY still surrounds the identity of the man, believed to be a Namibian, who was brutally murdered in a Cape Town township this week after a tyre filled with paraffin was placed around his neck and set alight. The Namibian Police yesterday said they were still awaiting official confirmation on whether the man, who has only been identified as 33-year-old 'Joseph', was Angolan or Namibian.

"We are awaiting confirmation on cases said to be involving Namibians from Algeria, Dubai and South Africa.

"Yes, we are aware of internet reports stating the man killed in South Africa is Namibian or Angolan but at the moment, we cannot confirm anything," said Namibain Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi.

The Western Cape News reported on Tuesday that 'Joseph' was beaten before being 'necklaced' by residents of Siyahlala informal settlement after he was caught trying to burn down a shack. 'Joseph' was reportedly a shebeen owner.

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