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Bridge named after Magdalena Stoffels

The pedestrian bridge over the Arebbush River, where Magdalena Stoffels was brutally raped and murdered was officially inaugurated last Friday and named after her. (L-R) Magrietha and Victor Ihuhua, the parents of the late Magdalena Stoffels and His Worship Councillor Muesee Kazapua, Mayor, City of Windhoek standing next to the plaque that honours Stoffels, while pedestrians cross the bridge. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni).

The City of Windhoek officially inaugurated the pedestrian Bridge over the Arebbush River, on 17 April, in honour of the late Magdalena Stoffels, a learner of David Bezuidenhout Secondary School who was brutally raped and murdered on 27 July 2010 in the the Arebbush riverbed.

His Worship, Councillor Muesee Kazapua, Mayor, City of Windhoek requested for a moment of silence for Magdalena Stoffels before he delivered his speech.
His Worship said it is the quest of The City to provide safety and security to the residents who frequently pass through the riverbed, and that is why the City Council decided to build a pedestrian bridge over the river. “Although this bridge has cost the City Council approximately N$20 million, we decided to approve it as we believe no amount of money is more valuable than the lives of our residents,” said Kazapua.
He also informed the public that after the completion of the bridge, the City Council received a letter from David Bezuidenhout Secondary School, requesting for the bridge to be named after Magdalena Stoffels, which they approved without hesitation as they knew what this would mean to the school. The Mayor thanked the board, management and learners of David Bezuidenhout Secondary for making sure that the history and legacy of Magdalena Stoffels remains, even though she is no longer with us.
His Worship also thanked the parents of the late Stoffels, Magrietha and Victor Ihuhua, because without their permission, The City could not proceed with naming the bridge after their late daughter. “I would like to assure you that the City Council is working around the clock, to find ways and means to intensify the fight against all evils in our society,” said His Worship. He concluded by stating that law enforcement agencies, the City Police, in collaboration with Nampol are working tirelessly to ensure that our residents walk freely in any corner, at any time, without any fear, as it is provided in the constitution.

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