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4 NEWS Friday, October 13 2017| NEW ERA Murder convict maintains innocence Roland Routh Windhoek The man convicted this week of killing the mother of his 11-month-old son maintained that he was wrongly convicted of the heinous crime and refused to apologise to the family of the deceased in the Windhoek High Court at the Windhoek Correctional Facility. Eben Cloete, 30, told his statefunded lawyer, Milton Engelbrecht, yesterday during his evidence in mitigation that he could not see the need to apologise or ask for forgiveness, because he did not kill the deceased, Anna Nadia Coetzee. “I am heartbroken that I was found guilty of a crime I did not commit,” Cloete said in response to a question about he felt about the death of the deceased. He further told Judge Dinah Usiku that he was 22 years old at the time of her death and has a 10-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son from different mothers. The boy is the son of him and the deceased. He was convicted by Judge Usiku in July on a charge of housebreaking with intent to murder and murder with direct intent over the stabbing to death of Anna Nadia Coetzee at her father’s house at Neudamm Experimental Farm on August 13, 2009. The judge found that he was the person that broke into her bedroom and stabbed her eight times with a knife with the intention to murder her. Engelbrecht submitted in mitigation that although society expects perpetrators of serious crimes to be punished, it did not expect the punishment to destroy the offender. He said the court should take the relative young age (22) of Cloete in consideration, as well as the time he spent in custody waiting for his trial. He asked the court to blend the sentence with mercy and to sentence Cloete to a period less than 30 years. However, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo sang a different tune. According to him, the brutality of the murder and the fact that Cloete planned to murder the deceased in cold blood puts his moral blameworthiness far beyond the average. Khumalo told the court even his own parents were so worried about his conduct that they went to the extent to warn the deceased and her father about his intentions. He said the accused showed his determination to end the life of the deceased by breaking into her room - a place she should have been safe - to carry out the threat he made that very morning. During testimony it emerged that Cloete indeed made a threatening remark the morning before the incident. According to Khumalo, the High Court has in previous cases of murder in a context of domestic violence decried the scourge of violent crimes and vowed it would not be tolerated. He said continuously increased sentences do not seem to deter perpetrators of such crimes and the only response from the court should be more and more increased sentences. According to Khumalo, the fact that Cloete followed the deceased into her bedroom to kill her aggravates the offence and calls for a “most severe sentence”. What makes matters worse, Khumalo said, was that he stabbed her in the presence of her 11-month-old baby and left the baby there to crawl in his mother’s blood, which he said was “revolting”. Khumalo said the only way to show the revulsion the courts and society feel for such barbaric acts is to sentence Cloete to a prison term of between 45 and 50 years. Judge Usiku said she will deliver her sentence on January 30 next year. Cloete remains in custody. Eben Cloete PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE Elia Mavulu This week Elia Mavulu, the cluster headman at Andambombali village is our Star of the Week. Mavulu exposed ill deeds that amount to statutory rape where a girl had been cohabitating with a 34-year-old cattleherder since she was 12 years old. The parents of the girl, who is now 16-year-old, tried to no avail to put an end to this despicable situation by reporting the matter to their constituency councilor, the police and to the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare. No action was taken though to rescue the girl and act against the culprit. After all efforts were exhausted, Mavulu took it upon himself and physically took New Era to the cattlepost where the issue was brought to light. By yesterday morning, police and Ministry of Gender Equality travelled to Andambombali village to attend to the matter, thanks to Mavulu. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF STEILRANDBERGE BARITE MINING CLAIMS, EPUPA CONSTITUENCY, KUNENE REGION In terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Figure. Project area is north west of Opuwo Project: Steilrand Barite Mining Proponent: Mr. J.P Smit Coordinator: Mr. Philip Hooks 25 th at 2pm 26 th at 2pm contact Mr. Philip Hooks at 081-1279936. You are the EIA Report and EMP. Fax: E-Mail: DUNAMIS CONSULTING TOWN AND REGIONAL PLANNERS on behalf of the owner of Erf 5796 Ooievaar Street No. 205 Windhoek intends to apply to the Windhoek City Council for the following: Rezoning of Erf 5796 Ooievaar Street No. Windhoek from ‘Residential’ with a density Consent for free residential bulk in terms of section 23(1) of the Windhoek Town Planning Scheme, Consent to operate a Medical Practice and a Maternity Facility, Consent to commence with construction while the rezoning is in process. Erf 5796 Windhoek is located in Ooievaar Street No. 205. The property is currently zoned ‘Single Residential’ with a density of 1:900. Erf 5796 Windhoek proposed bulk. Enough on-site parking as required in terms of the Windhoek Town Planning Scheme will be provided. Further take note that the locality plan of the Erf can be inspected at the Windhoek Town Council Customer Care Centre Town Planning Notice Board, 80 Independence Avenue, Windhoek. Further take note that any person objecting to the proposed land use as set out above may lodge such objection together with the grounds thereof at the objections is November 03, 2017). Dunamis Consulting Town & Regional Planners P.O. Box 20541, Windhoek Cell: +264 855 512 173 Email:

Friday, October 13 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Education wage bill unsustainable Albertina Nakale Windhoek The wage bill at the education ministry has reached unsustainable levels and the ministry is seized with restructuring For this reason, the ministry has not released the bulletin of teaching vacancies for 2018, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina The ministry is assessing which positions could do without being so-called ‘ghost teachers’ – teachers who have resigned or retired, and non-teaching personnel who are The ministry is also assessing which schools could be merged by taking schools with fewer pupils to schools that have capacity to handle more Sigo Amunyela ‘Team Hage’ campaigner Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Northern businessman and political activist, Sigo Amunyela, spit venom at “rowdy” supporters, who are not in agreement with President Hage Geingob’s nomination of his preferred candidates for the top four Swapo position at a recent Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) he declared that he was under the President’s instruction to hold a conference to announce that nomination list for the top four positions in Swapo “Why do you think that they are the ones who have the abilities and competencies to The minister held a press conference following threats by the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) to stage a countrywide protest to force the ministry to release the list of teaching vacancies ministry of deliberately delaying the “This is absolutely irrational, irresponsible and misplaced communication by those making such public pronouncements what they are trying to achieve by making such fallacious statements,” Traditionally, the ministry always released the list not later than July of each year, however, this year the She anticipated that the consolidation process should be Hanse-Himarwa explained that Sigo Amunyela Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and endorsed by the executive, the ministry will make up the vacancy bulletin that will be submitted to the The ministry’s current spending on remuneration stands at 85 percent of the total budget, leaving it with Photo: Nuusita Ashipala lead Swapo? If they don’t believe in him they must resign and leave the government under Comrade HGG [Hage Gottfried Geingob] now,” At the recent politburo meeting, the President nominated himself for the Swapo Presidency position, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah for vicepresidency, Sophia Shaningwa for the secretarygeneral post with Marco Hausiku for the deputy “We are supporting him like the Swapo elders’ council, women’s council, party youth league and pioneers party as well as all national Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusati to follow suits President’s Press Secretary’s desk to validate very little on capital spending, The ministry has 45 183 personnel, of which 41 735 positions “It is public knowledge by now that our wage bill has been increasing annually and it has reached levels that are unsustainable arrest this situation and in our quest of quality inclusive education, we have embarked on many key These initiatives include the non- schools on permanent basis except for principals, while the vacant posts for head of departments are She said to trim the size of the ministry’s staff complement and Elect top four on merit - SPEC Staff Reporter Windhoek The Swapo Party Elders’ Council (SPEC) says the top four senior positions in the ruling party’s congress next month should be occupied by “tested and tried cadres, who, in addition to unquestionable loyalty, have the political maturity, intellectual insight and love for the Namibian President Hage Geingob last Friday during the politburo meeting in Windhoek, announced his top four slates, which include himself for presidency, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah for vice-president, Urban and Rural Development Minister Sophia Shaningwa for the secretarygeneral position while Swapo School acting rector Marco Hausiku is Geingob’s preferred candidate for In a statement issued yesterday, SPEC secretary, Mukwaita Shanyengana, appealed that the top four leaders be contain the growing wage bill, the through our executive to ensure that we make efforts to reduce the initial our directorates in the regions were then directed to revisit their needs by critically and analytically assessing the post provisional norms and to resubmit their prioritised vacancy She said only after the correct will the ministry proceed to do the initial costing of the provisional The regional directorates were elected on merit because they have served and worked meritoriously in the party structures starting from the lowest entry levels, and can add value “Not because they are empty yet excellent barking dogs without the bite, posturing as populist radical armchair revolutionaries, or very good sloganeers at the party fundraising Shanyengana said this is the time for the political bureau, central committee congress and individual Swapo Party members to reject egoistical individualism, regionalism, tribalism and greedy power hungriness, and put the survival and future of the parry and the national interest of He charged some people could easily ethnicity, tribe and region, saying “that is not the Swapo of One Namibia, One “We must learn from the experiences still fresh in our memories, or the divisive now moribund factions of the Shipangas, Muyongos, CoD and RDP projects, which have now been buried These were all divisive ethnic projects, which we should avoid as we go to elect our top four leaders, and those of the political bureau and the central WINDHOEK : INDEPENDENCE STADIUM Race Date: Saturday, 21st October 2017 Race Commences: 07:00am Registration: Friday, 20th October 2017, 15:00 - 19:00 at Independence Stadium. 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