Judge Shafimana Ueite on Tuesday evening in the High Court barred Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) secretary general Dimbulukeni Nauyoma from testifying while wearing jeans and a T-shirt.
“This is not a political rally, it is a court,” the judge said, adding that he will not allow him to testify wearing jeans. Nauyoma was asked how much time he needed to change, and the response was five minutes. The court adjourned, and he went to change into a long-sleeved shirt and a formal trousers.
Courts forbid people wearing jeans, T-shirts, sneakers and other informal attire in court.
Nauyoma was called by lawyer Kadhila Amoomo from Sisa Namandje law firm, who was representing Nanso, the first respondent), Wilhelm Wilhelm, vice-president of Nanso (second respondent) and Nauyoma (third respondent) in an urgent application that Unam filed on Tuesday.
The other respondents included Khomas regional police commander Henrich Tjiveza and the inspector general of the Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Nauyoma was called to the witness stand by Amoomo to motivate a postponement. The students wanted more time to respond to Unam’s urgent court application.
The Nanso leaders were summoned to court on Tuesday evening where they were served with an interdict to stop them from conducting any further protest campaign and lockdown at the main campus, without following proper and lawful procedures as set out in the university’s legislation, policies and grievance procedures.
The students wanted more time to reply to the application by Unam which was denied by Judge Uietele.
Nauyoma testified that Unam was not telling “the whole story – we need more time to file responding papers.”
The Nanso secretary general said they did not have sufficient time to respond, as they were served with the court papers between 13h30 and 13h50 and had to be in court at 14h30.
Nauyoma further said the Unam administration block was not locked by Nanso members.
Uietele granted Unam a temporary interdict and said the three main respondents have until 09h00 on February 22 to show why the order should not be made final. The order came into effect immediately.
Tjiveza and Ndeitunga were ordered to uphold the court ruling.
Amoomo – acting on behalf of the respondents – wanted the matter to be postponed to allow them time to file a replying affidavit, but the judge dismissed the application.
Elize Angula of AngulaColeman law firm – representing Unam – had requested the court to rule against any postponement.
Following a four-hour hearing Judge Uietele ordered Nanso, its president, secretary general and any students acting under their leadership to end the “unlawful protest”, which started Tuesday with protesters blocking the entrance to the university.
The court was packed with representatives from Unam, Nanso and members of the police.