The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Dozens Netted On Drunken Driving Charges

THE police arrested 26 people in Windhoek in connection with alleged drunken driving over the weekend.

Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the police's Public Relations Division said yesterday that 26 people were arrested in the city between Friday and yesterday morning after they had been caught driving under the influence of alcohol.

They have been released on bail of N$4 000 each, and should appear in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court today, she said.

Shikwambi also announced that an alleged armed robbery was reported at Tsumeb on Saturday.

In that incident, three unknown men entered a Chinese-owned shop around 08h00 on Saturday, held the shopkeeper at gunpoint, and stole N$7 600 in cash and a number of cellphones from him, it is alleged.

She further announced that an 18-year-old man was arrested last week after he had allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl on Wednesday at a village in the Opuwo area.

Also in the Kunene Region, a 23-year-old suspect has been arrested on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, after he had allegedly launched an attack on his former girlfriend when he found her walking with her current boyfriend at Sesfontein on Friday night.

In the Kavango Region, the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after an unidentified male pedestrian was hit by a Toyota Hilux bakkie while he was crossing the road in the Mururani area, Shikwambi also announced. The incident happened at about 23h30 on Saturday night. The driver of the bakkie was travelling from Windhoek to Rundu. No arrest has been made, and the police's investigation of the incident is continuing, she said.

Another death which was reported to the police over the weekend took place near Gibeon on Saturday afternoon, when a 25-year-old man, Cornelius Jossop, allegedly drowned while swimming with other people in the Fish River.

By early yesterday afternoon, Jossop's body had not yet been recovered, Shikwambi said.

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