Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa. Photo: File


RECENT remarks by Swapo secretary general Sophia Shaningwa to supporters to “beat the insect and hammer its head” has drawn wide-ranging condemnation.

Many on social media platforms regarded the remarks as a call for violence.

Shaningwa, who was addressing a Swapo rally at Mariental in the Hardap region on 1 November, can be heard in a widely circulated video speaking in Oshiwambo in an audio clip recorded on Kati FM, which is now circulating on social media.

Although she did not clarify who the ‘insect’ is, the remark was allegedly believed to be aimed at independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula, according to observers.

Shaningwa, who started off her speech in English, quickly turned to Oshiwambo when she called on party members and sympathisers to go out in numbers and “beat up the insect, and hammer its head severely”.

“Beat up the insect, you must beat it up, and hammer it on the head. It has touched Swapo where it’s not supposed to be touched. Go out there and beat up the insect, beat it up and don’t make any mistake. Aluta!” she urged.

Read more in The Namibian today.

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