Striking Shoprite workers shot with rubber bullets at Oshakati

Striking Shoprite workers shot with rubber bullets at Oshakati

Rubber bullets were used this afternoon to disperse a crowd of striking employees of Shoprite, U-Save and Checkers at Oshakati in the Oshana Region.
The incident took place at Yetu complex where striking employees allegedly moved from their usual place where they sit while on strike to block customers from entering the shop.
The situation got out of hand and the police were called in to maintain order but their plea fell on deaf ears.
The Special Field Force used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
One striking employee was shot in the head and stomach and he left the scene bleeding.
Those who were shot were treated at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital this afternoon.
The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) Movement was accused of instigating the striking employees to break the strike rules.
AR's Dimbulukeni Nauyoma says AR has a letter from the general-secretary of NAFAU, which authorise them as a political movement of young people, to show their sympathy, support and solidarity with the striking employees of Shoprite, U-Save and Checkers.
Therefore, it is a myth to believe that AR is instigating people at the industrial strike but their presence is only to show their solidarity, says Nauyoma.