Five Karibib mining construction company managers arrested

03 Nov 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 03 NOV (NAMPA) - Five managers of the Karibib Mining and Construction company based at Swakopmund in the Erongo Region were arrested on Monday on allegations of corruption and fraud.
A media statement issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) here on Thursday said the group appeared in the Swakopmund Regional Court on Tuesday on charges of corruptly providing false information in order to mislead and commit fraud.
The five are contract manager Jacobus Grafford, 59; health and safety manager Jacques Krynauw, 47; bench manager Pienaar Majoor, 38; mine pit supervisor Ephraim Narib, 51; and 45-year-old Conrad Brockerhoff, who is the general manager at the company.
Their case was remanded until 30 November 2016 in order to allow the prosecution team and defence lawyers to decide on the suitable dates for the start of the trial.
Allegations against the five are that they corruptly used documents containing a number of falsifications in order to allow their employees to be tested by officials from the Ministry of Mines and Energy for the issuance of open pit blasting tickets or certificates.
These tickets or certificates earlier issued to the employees of the company were subsequently cancelled by the line ministry after the alleged corruption and fraud were uncovered.
A sixth suspect is yet to be arrested.
All accused are free on bail of N.dollars 10 000 each.
(NAMPA)
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