Operation Kalahari members accused of assaulting learner at Otjiwarongo

Operation Kalahari members accused of assaulting learner at Otjiwarongo
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A Grade 12 learner of the Paresis Senior Secondary School at Otjiwarongo on Tuesday opened a case of assault against members of Operation Kalahari Desert at the town.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Henrich Tjiveze in an interview with NAMPA on Wednesday confirmed the case, which is under investigation.
Tjiveze said his office has tasked police officers in the internal investigations department to investigate the matter.
Operation Kalahari Desert is a joint operation of NamPol and from the Namibian Defence Force.
In a statement obtained by the police at the Otjiwarongo Police Station and seen by this agency, the 18-year-old victim stated under oath that he was allegedly assaulted after he was found seated on a manhole with his 17-year-old female friend around 18h00 on Tuesday in the Heroes Park residential area.
The learner alleged in docket number CR 62/01/2020 that a NamPol vehicle and Namibia Defence Force (NDF) vehicle, which were transporting police officers and soldiers armed with guns, stopped at the manhole and half of the members got out of the vehicles.
“They asked what we were doing on the manhole and before we could answer I was slapped by one of them,” he said.
The learner further stated that other military and police force members also started hitting him with knobkerries on his back and head.
He then managed to flee the scene.
Some onlookers who allegedly watched the incident unfold from their houses took the boy to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, where he was treated for the injuries he sustained in the alleged attack.