Officer calls for refresher course to abate police brutality

• BY Martha Nangombe

POLICE brutality against civilians reported in the news media over the past week highlighted the need for personal accountability from officers and their desk-bound superiors.

Recently Police brutality incidents caused outrage on social media following a brutal assault and murder of Elleste Plaatjie at the hands of two Special Reserve Field officers.

Plaatjie (31), was reportedly assaulted a week ago and succumbed to his injuries in a Windhoek hospital days later.
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||Kharas regional police commander Marius Katamila said the police at first opened a case of assault against the two officers involved, which was subsequently changed to a murder after Plaatjie’s death.
The police officers were reportedly on patrol at Keetmanshoop when they came across the victim and his friends and searched them.

The victim was reportedly in possession of cannabis.

During the search, the two officers allegedly beat the victim and drove around for hours with the victim in their car and later dropped him close to where they had picked him.

Plaatjie reportedly limped to Keetmanshoop State Hospital, thereafter, where he was transferred to Katutura Intermediate Hospital, where he died.

Over the years, similar cases of police misconduct have been reported and questions rather than answers are given regarding civilian safety.

On March 3 2020, in the Ohangwena Region, resident David Tuhafeni died after allegedly being assaulted by two police officers. His family lodged a claim against the Namibian Police (NamPol) over his death and while the two officers were arrested, appeared in court, they are back on duty serving the country.
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