Tempers flare at Windpomp 14

Both parties to blame

23 September 2020 | Local News

Jaco Joubert; Manager; “Both groups involved were heavily under the influence of alcohol.”

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The Windpomp 14 campsite outside Swakopmund was the focus of a heated debate on social media over the weekend.

This followed after an individual stated on a private Facebook group that three women were assaulted and called racial slurs at the popular campsite.

The post was subsequently removed after the management of Windpomp 14 said that the alleged assault never happened and that both parties involved were equally guilty.

According to the author of the contentious Facebook post, a group of people arrived at Windpomp 14 and started making racist comments towards a group of ladies that were camping there.

According to the post: “They shouted to them ‘julle boere hoort nie hier nie’ [sic]. So already these guys were looking for trouble. The ladies had dogs with them and the child of one of these racist campers came over and the dog barked at the child but did not hurt him at all! The child just got a big fright.”

This incident apparently and allegedly caused a drunk woman from the racist group (the author presumed it was the mother of the child) to walk over.

“She started shouting at the ladies after they inquired if the child was OK. The parents were clearly racist despite the ladies being nice to the child. A racist black/coloured man who made the comments earlier just came from behind and sucker-punched the three white ladies, knocking them out.”

‘No action’

After the police were allegedly called out, it would seem the manager of Windpomp 14 told the police that the issue was sorted out and he made the men leave.

“The police did not ask from the ladies themselves or follow up to see if the ladies were okay. They were all badly hurt. I take it the manager did not want this story to come out! The next day, these guys were back at the camp and were laughing about it as if nothing happened.”

The Facebook post further implies that the manager simply let the guilty party back into the campsite.

“He told the ladies that their dog was aggressive, as if that is an excuse for a man to hit three women in the face! They were made to feel like the culprits and again, no justice for the victims! They were scared and asked for their money back to go and find another campsite.”

Reaction

The management of Windpomp 14 stated in the private group where the Facebook post was made, that the initial post only told one side of the story.

“Both groups were asked to leave and were refunded – the one group the same night and the other group the following morning. It is a clear indication that both groups had a share in this unpleasant incident. This is the first incident of this kind in several years, as we maintain strict rules and discipline whilst allowing our guests to enjoy the hospitality of Windpomp 14.”

Windpomp 14 manager Jaco Joubert said both groups were heavily under the influence of alcohol.

“Each one came with a different version of the story portraying them as the victim. We have a strict policy against misbehaviour of any kind on our campsites and restaurant.”

Windpomp 14 management also elaborated on the so-called assault of the three women.

“That is not the correct version of the story. If that happened, there would have been a case of assault. Both groups were unruly [and] that’s why we asked both groups to leave. The police were not called out.”

Furthermore Joubert said that the spot is known as a family establishment and it will remain that way.

“We want to keep our reputation as a family-centred establishment intact. Through an incident like this, we can only make examples of people to show that we will not tolerate unruly behaviour.”

He said that with the Covid-19 pandemic nearly destroying the tourism industry, the sector cannot afford bad publicity.

“We rely heavily on tourists and since that has been taken away, we are concentrating on our local market, which is currently the only available market to us.”

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