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Namdeb strike continues as talks falter

the Namibian: "Announcing the collapse of the talks that Labour Minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko had mediated, the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) secretary general, Evilastus Kaaronda, announced on Thursday evening that the union had pulled out of the talks.
The union ended the talks after it was served with court papers by Namdeb management for a civil suit as well as to declare the strike illegal.
Namdeb has for now suspended its intention to approach the courts.
“What the letter shows both in content and purpose is the total disrespect, indifference, insensitivity and bad faith so much characteristic of Namdeb's conduct throughout this entire process of negotiations and search for settlement,” Kaaronda fumed.
“It is clear that Namdeb's deliberate acts of bad faith are aimed at derailing all efforts aimed at bringing about a genuine resolution to the current impasse,” he added."


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The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."