National police spokesperson deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi has confirmed reports that a young woman involved in the alleged assault of a child has been arrested.
Shikwambi yesterday said the incident took place at Windhoek’s Greenwell Matongo area.
“The suspect was arrested and a case was opened by a social worker from the gender ministry, who attended to the incident. The suspect was charged with assault through threatening, and common assault. “The victim is her own child, and she will be appearing in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court tomorrow [today].”
While condemning all forms of violence, Shikwambi said the police are investigating the viral video in which a child is being brutally assaulted by a young woman.
In the video, the woman, who is being referred to as ‘Linda’, as they spoke in Oshiwambo, was recorded pinning the crying child to floor, and picking up a slipper with which she proceeded to hit the child all over her body, before she gripped her by the neck with both hands and continued to physically attack her, while also sitting on top of her.
“The incident was brought to our attention now through social media. The Namibian Police do not condone any form of violence, and we will seriously investigate this and ensure the culprit is brought to book,” Shikwambi said.
Social media was abuzz yesterday as a circulating video went viral, with people calling on the police to ensure the culprit is tracked down.
“This person must be found and brought to face the wrath of the law. This video is definitely not for sensitive viewers. I cannot even bring myself to watch such brutality on a small child,” a comment read.
“The police should come and ensure this monster is caught, including the person who was recording, because instead she could have helped save the child.
“Police, please catch those monsters as soon as possible, that child is in serious danger, they could kill her,” another social media user says.