Wasserfall family seeks answers

Government pays respect

15 October 2020 | Local News

Poppie Wasserfall; Mother; “I just want to know why and what happened, that’s all.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Labour minister Utoni Nujoma along with his deputy Hafeni Ndemula, the deputy minister of urban and rural development Derek Klazen, Erongo governor Neville Andre as well as Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred visited the bereaved family of Shannon Wasserfall on Wednesday afternoon.

Wasserfall went missing from Kuisebmond on 10 April 2020 and her remains were found last week in a shallow grave between the dunes on the outskirts of Narraville in Walvis Bay.

It is reported that Wasserfall was identified through her fingerprints on Tuesday afternoon.

Shannon’s mother, Poppie Wasserfall, says that she just wants to know what happened to her daughter. “Shannon would never leave her young son just like that. We just want answers.”

The family says that they heard of Shannon’s disappearance via social media.

“The two persons who went to the police to report her missing, never came to our house to inform us or ask us if Shannon was at home. The same people who saw her last, never visited us while Shannon was missing. This hurts us even more.”

According to the family they have not seen or heard from Shannon’s one-year-old son who was allegedly taken to the North by his father.

“We have been told that he might be brought to Walvis Bay over the weekend. We are praying that it will happen. It’s agonising wondering about our daughter and at the same time about her son. We just want to know if he is okay.”

Shannon’s uncle Raymond Wasserfall called for the investigating officer in charge of her case to be held accountable.

“We do not want to blame the police, because of one or two incompetent members. People in law enforcement are covering for each other. How can justice be served? We want steps to be taken to root out corruption in the police force.”

The bereaved family also said that information concerning Shannon is always first circulated on social media, before the family is informed.

“This needs to stop. We only heard through reports circulating on social media that Shannon’s identity has been confirmed. We were not personally informed.”

They said that arrangements to lay Shannon to rest will be discussed over the weekend.

Ministers pay respect

Minister Nujoma assured the family that government stands by them in this difficult time.

“Shannon’s disappearance has affected and pained the nation. It revolts us as leaders to see all the violence perpetrated against our mothers, sisters and children. We need to adopt a new strategy on how we can combat this increasing gender-based violence. It is unfortunate that these crimes are committed by our own family members.”

He stated that the increased use of drugs and alcohol are contributing factors to these violent acts.

“Government has promulgated the domestic violence act as well as the combating of rape act, and many other policies. When we realised that this violent crimes are increasing, we set up safe houses to assist victims of gender-based violence.

Nujoma said that government will intensify efforts to combat this evil facing the Namibian nation.

“We are together in this. We hope that the police can come to a conclusion soon so that the family can find closure.”

Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred also sympathised with the family.

“Your pain, is our pain. Aside from the efforts by government to curb this evil in our society, we need to teach our children that when they go from home, they should always be in contact with family members.”

Deputy minister Klazen encouraged the family to keep praying.

“As someone who grew up in Walvis Bay and as a former mayor, it is shocking to know that these crimes happen here. I’m asking the mayor and governor, our policing and our neighbourhood watches, to intensify their efforts so that we can know exactly what happens in our towns and our country.”

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