Friend complains of “weakness in legs” and is found dead two days later

Death incident report, Otjimbingwe: A partially decomposed body, identified as that of Erastus Ndjebela, 33-years old, was found on Saturday, 24 June at about 19:00. A passer by made the discovery near the D1976 road, about 10 km from Otjimbingwe towards the C-32 road.

The police regional crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu who confirmed the incident explained the deceased was employed as a herder at Farm Tsaobis, which is about 15 km west of Otjimbingwe Resettlement.
It is alleged that on Thursday, 22 June, in the late afternoon, Ndjebela and his friend, also employed as a farm worker at a neighbouring farm, decided to walk from Farm Tsaobis to Otjimbingwe Resettlement. They were heavily under the influence of alcohol.
They allegedly went via Farm Okarundu where they bought more alcohol and continued their journey on foot. According to Iikuyu, it is further alleged that on their way the deceased complained of experiencing weakness in his legs.
He decided to rest under a tree and his friend decided to continue his journey on foot. He left Ndjebela behind, not knowing that his condition was imminent to cause his death.
“Ndjebela’s body was only discovered by a passer by on Saturday 24 June, a few meters from where his friend left him.
No foul play is suspected”, Iikuyu added. The body was taken to the Walvis Bay police mortuary for a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death. The deceased next-of-kin were informed. No inquest was registered yet, pending the autopsy results.

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