Devil’s claw buyer dies in Katima

By Clemence Tashaya

A 72- Years – old businessman from Mariental Mr. Willie de Jerger was found dead in his car parked in the bushes of Namalubi and Kalumba some 27 km away the town of Katima Mulilo on Saturday 16th October 2010.

An inquest docket has been opened by Katima Mulilo Police to avert the cause of death of Mr. De Jerger who was last seen on Sunday the 10th of October 2010 in Katima Mulilo town driving a red Opel Corsa vehicle with Registration No: N 57758 W.
His family decided to publish the public notice of his whereabouts a week ago after his disappearance. NAMPOL police spokesperson in Katima Mulilo Warrant Geoffrey Samunzala, confirmed to Caprivi Vision that the body of the deceased was discovered with (two) 50 kg of devil’s claw in his red bakkie.
“Of course a murder case was opened with a CR No: 67/10/2010 and further investigations are underway to establish further information about his death. We received this notice from the family especially from her daughter on 12 October,” he said.
It is suspected that the deceased Mr. De Jerger was in the business of buying and selling the devil’s claw from the local community. The devil’s claw is found in other parts of Caprivi and many buyers both local and international are buying it for medicinal purposes.
His daughter, Dogster Sonja de Jerger explained to Caprivi Vision that she was not in a position to divulge information as police is still investigating the suspected murder case.
“At the moment, I cannot give anything as the case is still under police investigations. All I can say is, we lost a God fearing and a caring father”
He survived with four sons, a daughter and four daughters in law and 14 grandchildren. Mr. De Jerger an Afrikaner was divorced and started the business of buying devil’s claw in Rundu, Gobabis and was now buying the harvest in Katima Mulilo.
He was born on December 12, 1938 in Gobabis and unfortunately died on the 10th of October 2010.





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