Prominent Mondesa resident shoots son, kills himself

Prominent Mondesa resident shoots son, kills himself


A well-known resident of Mondesa in Swakopmund, John Basson, allegedly took his own life yesterday after first shooting his son, who was, as of last night, in a critical condition.

Basson, who rose to prominence as a no-nonsense crime fighter in his community where he co-owned a security company and served as member of a local neighbourhood watch, allegedly had a quarrel with his wife.

His wife, with whom he co-owned the security company, is the Swapo district coordinator for Swakopmund.

Although the quarrel was with his wife, it was unclear why Basson shot his son.

He had allegedly earlier told his wife that she “will answer to whatever happens” before proceeding to shoot his son, allegedly four times.

He then turned the gun onto himself and died on the spot, police at Swakopmund told New Era Weekend. The incident happened at around 11h45 yesterday morning, police further confirmed. His son is said to be a high school learner.

Meanwhile, an elderly Anglican priest was found dead in his car at Walvis Bay yesterday. The priest, whose name could not be released late yesterday, is suspected to have committed suicide.

It is suspected he suffocated himself inside the car, which was found parked in the garage of the church house in which he lived. Police at the coastal town confirmed the death, but could not provide details as preliminary investigations were still underway.

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