By Jeoffrey Mukubi
CHARGES of assault with the intention to do grievous bodily harm and theft have been laid at Windhoek Police Station, following an incident last Sunday at 05h00 at the Engen Service Station in Hochland Park.
Earlier in the week a video, which has gone viral on Facebook, showed two security officers assaulting two men, who are said to be brothers, and allegedly taking their cellphones.
However, new details have emerged around the attack, including new footage, which shows one of the men being aggressive towards the security officers, before they were beaten bloody.
There have also been claims that the two men were under the influence of alcohol.
However, members of the public have expressed their anger and outrage, saying that this does not justify the beating they received.
No arrests have been made as yet and investigations are currently underway, according to police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi.
Confidente has been able to identify one of the alleged assault victims, (name withheld). He did not respond to a Facebook inbox asking about what had happened at the petrol station.
The initial video of the incident, which has been circulating on social media, shows security guards violently beating two men with wooden sticks.
The victims do not fight back and are left bloody after the attack.
A voice of a man in the background can be heard shouting, “It’s enough officers, stop beating, he’s not fighting back.”
However, this was to no avail, as the assault continued.
Responding to the Facebook video, users of the social media platform expressed their outrage and anger over the attack.
Ester Kamfire wrote, “this is inhuman”, while Lucas Lucas Ndifitu commented, “These two security guards need God, serious. How can you beat someone who is not fighting?”
August Maletzky wrote, “Nothing justifies such barbaric acts.”
Belief Khamuseb commented, “This is wrong in all aspects. I feel so disgusted and ashamed to be a black Namibian, after seeing this video. It’s very wrong really.”
Ridaah Sam wrote, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. The two guys that were beaten were perhaps drunk, so they were a little bit loud or something, but the moment you see someone don’t fight back, relax (sic).
“They can open a case against the security company. Please stop these racial remarks. We are all human beings.”
Others, like Festus Messi Shilongo, praised the security officers.
“Well done! They must learn to respect other people; it’s no longer baas, baas here,” he commented.
Confidente contacted the Hochland Engine Service Station and the manager referred the newspaper to Engine Petroleum Namibia’s Managing Director, Nangula Hamunyela, who forwarded a formal statement.
“Engen has noted with shock the violent attack by security guards on two customers at Hochland Service Station in Windhoek, which took place at approximately 05h00 on Sunday, 28 May.
“The police have launched a full investigation into the incident. An appropriate course of action will be determined, upon the finalisation of the investigation.
“Engen condemns the incident in the strongest possible terms,” the statement reads.
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