By Donna Collins
PATRONS and staff at a popular coastal resort were left traumatised last Saturday, when they witnessed a racist rant, which was followed by fists flying between a drunken customer and the three security guards on duty.
According to eyewitness, Shaldon Isaacs, who had brought his family to the Windpomp 14 restaurant for lunch, including his children, a man he identified as Walvis Bay resident, Willem de Klerk, shocked everyone when he first urinating in full view of everyone eating at their tables, and then proceeded to call the security guards “baboons” and other filthy names, when they tried to intervene.
“I have never witnessed anything like this in my life, and the man was clearly intoxicated and out of control,” said Isaacs.
He added that there was a table full of American tourists seated next to his family, and he wonders what they must now think of Namibians.
“Not only is this man a disgrace to the country, but this is a family venue, and I had brought my grandparents, my wife and children for lunch, and we were in disbelief when this scene unfolded,” Isaacs added.
He explained that after the management and security requested De Klerk to use the ablution facilities to relieve himself, and refrain from his vulgar behaviour, he exploded into a slew of disgusting racist insults, directed at the security guards.
The inebriated man allegedly shouted vulgarities, including “I am going to moer the black skin off your body, you baboons”.
He also called one security guard “a k***er” and a “ma se k**t”, and then lunged forward to assault him.
“This embarrassing behaviour was witnessed by all the patrons, and a video clip went viral on social media,” Isaacs said.
A scuffle ensued, and one of the security guards, who was in the direct line of the verbal and physical abuse, lashed back, and delivered a few punches to the aggressor, while management and members of the public tried to contain the situation and calm him down.
“After things turned violent, people started leaving. I also paid my bill and left, but was informed later that De Klerk, who was heavily intoxicated, refused management’s orders requesting him to leave and never return to their establishment,” Isaacs added.
Meanwhile, a statement was released Bertus Struwig, on behalf of the staff and security at Windpomp 14, saying that it took a huge effort to build up the fantastic reputation of the restaurant, over a period of 16 months, as a place where friends and family can meet, relax and enjoy Namibian hospitality at its best.
“It took one man to trash that reputation in a matter of minutes, after making social media headlines, and we are totally confident that our staff and security on duty did their best to try and contain this man,” Struwig said.
“We hope this gentleman is as embarrassed as we are, because of his behaviour, and we compliment the security guards, who tried their best to deal with this situation, and we apologise that they had to endure insults from a man, who obviously has no respect for himself or others.
“I’m totally shocked that we still have such elements in this great country of ours, and whilst we cannot wish him away, our doors will always be closed to him.”
Addressing De Klerk in his statement, Struwig said: “The sign ‘NOT WELCOME’ should have your name on it.”
Windpomp 14 is situated between Mile 14 and Vlotzabaken, and was refurbished over a year ago into a popular resort, with camping and restaurant facilities for tourists and locals.
De Klerk has apparently since apologised for his behaviour, while adding that he is not a racist.
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