WINDHOEK - The Namibian police allegedly assaulted a Tsumeb resident last Sunday after he failed to stop at a traffic light.
Mekondjo Manasse told New Era that he was approached by two men in civilian dress, who identified themselves as police officers at the gate of his house in Nelson Dos Santos Street in Tsumeb. They informed him that he “had run” a red traffic light and that he should follow them to the police station.
They were joined by two more police officers.
A row ensured with the police officers, which woke his mother.
According to the allegations, when she (the mother) went outside three of the officers overpowered Manasse and wrestled him to the ground and started to assault him. Manasse, who suffered a broken right arm in the process, was handcuffed and thrown inside a police van where he banged his head and suffered concussion.
Manasse claimed he was kept in the holding cells overnight despite his injuries, although he had brought it to the attention of the police. He was only released on Monday morning.
When New Era approached the Tsumeb police, a high-ranking officer who refused to identify himself, said the matter had not been reported to him.