Namibia – Wernhil stabbing video goes viral

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The last two weeks have seen violent clashes between homeless people at the Wernhil Park taxi rank.

The only known victim of the violence is in a critical condition at the Katutura State Hospital, according to a police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi.


In a video circulating on social media, a man can be seen stabbing another man several times on Monday afternoon. The police confirmed that the victim was stabbed four times in the chest.

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Even after the police had arrived, the man with the weapon continued stabbing the other man.


The police had to overpower and disarm the suspect before loading him into the van. Soon afterwards gunshots are heard in the video footage.

There is no mention in the police report on the incident of anyone admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound.

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The suspect has been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and is being held at the Windhoek police station. Police investigations continue.

The taxi rank is owned and managed by the City of Windhoek. City spokespersons could not be reached for comment, as they were all attending a workshop this week. Representatives of the O&L group and Broll

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Namibia, which own and manage the Wernhil Park shopping mall, said they were aware of the incident and shared the public’s concern about safety in the area.

They both said that they would work with the City Police to ensure that customers are safe when they use the taxi rank.




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