Probe into racist attack incomplete

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Investigations into a case in which Hendrik Burger, 37, an employee of First Response Security at Swakopmund, faces charges of racism and assault with malicious intent, are incomplete.

Burger stands accused of carrying out a racially motivated attack in January against 34-year-old Jordan Dengeinge, an engineer and senior manager at Husab Mine, who resides at Vogelstrand – an upmarket suburb in northern Swakopmund.
Burger, who is free on N$5 000 bail allegedly called the engineer a kaffir and told him blacks do not belong in such an upmarket neighbourhood.

Dengeinge informed New Era after the incident that he lost a watch, valued at N$30 000, and a pair of glasses in the scuffle that ensued. He further claimed that Burger stole N$7 300 from his vehicle, but no charges were laid in connection with the alleged theft.
Burger made his second appearance in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, where he was informed that investigations into the case are still ongoing. The matter will now proceed on April 14, Magistrate Nelao Brown said.

The reported incident happened at about 02h00 one January morning in front of Dengeinge’s house.
“I was driving from a friend’s house who stays about 12 kilometres from my house when I noticed that I was being followed. The attack happened while I was busy opening my gate. There were no questions asked, or any exchange of words whatsoever between us. It happened so fast that I didn’t even have a chance to defend myself,” Dengeinge told New Era at the time.

He says Burger handcuffed him and then called the Swakopmund police to come and arrest him. “The police came and instead of arresting me, as he requested, demanded that he (Burger) un-cuff me,” he recalled.

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