By Marianne Nghidengwa
HEALTH Minister Bernhard Haufiku has withdrawn an assault charge against a Windhoek man who had allegedly attacked him at Windhoek’s Virgin Active Gym mid-last year with the view that they had resolved their differences.
Haufiku shortly after the incident dubbed a ‘racial attack’ by many had opened a case of assault on CR159/07/2015 at the Windhoek Central Police Station against a fellow gym goer only known to Confidente as Lee.
Police spokesperson, Slogan Mathews recently told Confidente that the Minister had indicated he no longer wished to continue with the case because the parties had reconciled. “Investigations were ongoing in that matter when recently the Minister contacted the police to indicate that he no longer wished to proceed with the case because they had sorted out their differences,” Mathews said.
In his statement at the time of the incident, Haufiku said that the incident happened after Lee reportedly placed his water bottle on the steps of a machine he was running on; despite Lee’s machine having a bottle holder of its own.
Lee reportedly ignored the Minister when asked to remove his water bottle. Although the Minister removed the water bottle and placed it on the floor, Lee allegedly picked up and placed it back on the Minister’s machine. Haufiku then kicked the water bottle off the machine and back to the floor.
This apparently angered Lee who then charged at the Minister before pushing him on his left shoulder. Lee reportedly also used vulgar language hurling, “I will f*%# you up,” to the Minister.
Onlookers at the time said that the incident would have gotten out of control had it not been for the immediate intervention by gym officials. Lee at the time said that he did not know that Haufiku was a Minister before apologising for the way he behaved. He however indicated that he too would be laying counter charges against the Minister after he learnt that Haufiku had opened a case against him.
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