The Namibian

IF it were up to journalist John Grobler another ‘K-word’ would be added to a list of offensive or politically incorrect words.

Accusations that Grobler served in the notorious police unit Koevoet before Independence are now the subject of a libel suit in the High Court.
Grobler took on the Swapo Party and its secretary general, Justice Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, in a defamation suit in the High Court in Windhoek yesterday.

John Grobler and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana

Grobler is suing the ruling party and Iivula-Ithana, who is the party’s top administrative official, for a total of N$300 000 in connection with allegedly defamatory statements about him which were published on the Swapo website on September 3 2009.
Swapo and Iivula-Ithana are opposing Grobler’s claim.

Grobler is claiming that an article published on the website was false, wrongful and defamatory as it imputed that he had been a member of the notorious “counter-insurgency” police unit, Koevoet, that he had committed “untold atrocities” against the Namibian people, that he was guilty of criminal conduct or had associated himself with the activities of murderers, and that he is a sympathiser of the former apartheid regime and a racist.  Read more…