19 Dec 2013 18:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - Officers of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday arrested the chairperson of the //Karas Regional Council, Jan Scholtz, who also serves as councillor for the !Nami≠Nüs constituency.
Scholtz, 48, and the 46-year-old Bernard Waterboer, the Chief Control Officer (CCO) at the //Karas Regional Council were arrested for allegedly using their positions to corruptly award tenders to acquaintances.
They are both charged with two counts of corruption for allegedly contravening Section 43 (1), Act Number 8 of 2003 of the Anti-Corruption Act, which deals with the corrupt use of office or position for gratification.
On Thursday the ACC also issued a media statement on the matter, saying their arrests follow an investigation by the commission into allegations that Scholtz in collaboration with Waterboer during 2011 corruptly awarded tenders for paving at the //Karas Regional Governors office and the !Nami#Nüs Constituency Office to a friends company.
The tenders awarded to Gerose Construction totalled amount N.dollars 540 081.
Scholtz on 18 November 2011 allegedly also corruptly tabled and motivated a financial assistance request for Tommys Meat Products at a council meeting without disclosing that his stepson is the owner of the business.
He is charged with contravening Section 43 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, Act Number 8 of 2003 in respect of the allegation regarding Tommy's Meat Products, alternatively contravention of Section 16(1) of the Regional Councils Act, Act No. 22 of 1992.
They made a brief appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrates Court on Thursday and were granted bail of N.dollars 20 000 each.
The court instructed the two officials to pay N.dollars 8 000 of the bail money on Thursday and the remaining N.dollars 12 000 before 02 January 2014.
Their case was postponed to 21 January 2014 in the Regional Court of Keetmanshoop for the setting of a trial date and to allow for further investigations into the case.
Principal Legal Officer at the Keetmanshoop Court, Pieter Smit attached conditions to the bail of the two suspects.
They were instructed to hand over their travel documents to the investigation officer dealing with their case and are not allowed to apply for new travel documents until their case is finalised.
Both accused number one (Scholtz) and accused number two (Waterboer) are amongst others not allowed to contact the Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of the //Karas Regional Council, Saul Kahuika; Director of Planning Joseph Stephanus; Councillor Dawid Boois; Councillor Jims Christiaan and Adnan Boois, also an employee of the //Karas council.
Scholtz is also expected to report to the Lüderitz police once every week, while Waterboer has to report to the Keetmanshoop police every Saturday.