By Confidente Reporter
DORDABIS businessman, Frikkie Engels, is under police investigation after he allegedly severely assaulted his employee, 45-year-old Jan Afrikaner over compassionate leave he requested to attend his sister’s funeral.
The incident happened two weeks ago, when Afrikaner requested a few days of leave to attend his sister’s funeral in Windhoek.
The police confirmed the criminal matter this week, before adding that Engels has lodged a counter-charge of assault against Afrikaner.
The employee was rushed to Windhoek’s Katutura State Hospital after the assault, in which he sustained serious injuries to his head, face, chest and hands.
His medical passport reveals that he also sustained 3cm cut to his forehead and another 2cm cut to his frontal scalp.
Afrikaner works as a labourer for Engels at Lauwater Suid, a farmstead outside Dordabis.
In an interview with Confidente, shortly after he was discharged from hospital, Afrikaner explained that his boss attacked him after he repeatedly asked for days off to attend his sister’s burial.
“I learnt of the death of my sister, who lived in Windhoek, so I approached my boss and asked him for a few days off, to be able to attend the funeral. He did not say much, so before I knocked off I reminded him. That is when he started to insult me by saying that I do not have manners. As I walked away, he followed and attacked me. My clothes were torn during that scuffle,” Afrikaner said.
He narrated further that he managed to escape his boss’ grip, before running home.
Afrikaner added that his boss soon followed him to his house, where he allegedly continued the assault.
“He found me in the house, and he attacked me for the second time. I tried to run away, but I fell down. That is when he caught me and smashed my face against the floor, and picked up a stone that he used to hit me on the head.”
When contacted for comment, Engels said, “I’ve opened a case of assault at the Dordabis police station, for further information please contact the police station.”
In a separate incident, a Windhoek mother of two has opened a case of assault against her brother, who is employed as a lecturer at the University of Namibia (Unam).
The woman, Desiree Gebhardt (37), said that her brother, Edwin Daniels (36) assaulted her on different occasions, because he supports her financially.
“I decided to open the case, because I am tired of being beaten by my own brother. He supports me and my children financially, after my husband died, but it has gotten to the point where he feels entitled to abuse us, because he has money.
“Last week he assaulted me when I was discharged from hospital, because I am a bipolar patient. He pulled me by the hair.” Gebhardt said.
She said that her brother has also assaulted her children.
“He uses my bipolar condition against me. He always dismisses me as a mental person, which is really not fair. What he is doing to me is not right.”
When contacted for comment, Daniels said that his sister is a known State patient, before adding that her actions are the result of her condition.
“I have no comment. She has bipolar disorder, so this is another episode she is going through. She also does not take her medicine, she is not stable.”
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