27 Jan 2014 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - The man accused of scamming Angolan nationals out of thousands of dollars on the pretence of finding space in local schools for them, made his first appearance in the Windhoek Magistrates Court on Monday morning.
The 33-year-old Wayne Nel appeared before Magistrate Tuvoye Nuule on six charges of theft by false pretences.
State Prosecutor Letta Amakali told the court that Nel pretended to work at a Windhoek school and received funds from the complainants to enrol children in the school.
The amount involved is N.dollars 40 000, and it is yet to be recovered, she said.
The accused was granted bail of N.dollars 15 000, which was reduced to N.dollars 6 000 as he claimed that he is unemployed and makes only around N.dollars 2 500 per month doing tattoos.
Nel told the court he lives with his girlfriend who maintains him, and can only afford bail of N.dollars 3 000.
The City Police arrested Nel on Friday afternoon after he lured more than 10 young Angolan nationals into giving him the money over a period of two weeks on the promise that the money would get them into local schools and hostels.
Nampa reported on Sunday that the City Police arrested a suspect who lured a desperate young woman into giving him N.dollars 20 000 over a period of two weeks on the promise that the money would get herself and other family members into local schools and hostels. The young woman, Johanna Imanuel, said she became suspicious on Friday after the suspect refused to leave his house in Windhoek West that same morning to update her on when her cousins could start school.
Imanuel told Nampa on Friday that she met the suspect, whose name is known but cannot be mentioned at this stage, in a taxi on 13 January 2014.
The suspect asked if she was looking for a place in school, to which she replied yes - a place in Grade 9 for herself and place in lower grades for four cousins.
Nel told police officers on Friday that he was allegedly acting on the instruction of an employee of the Ministry of Education (MoE), and that he was apparently just the mediator between the schools and the Angolan nationals.
He further claimed that the money he received from the Angolan nationals was given to the MoE employee, and that the agreement was that he would get N.dollars 1 600 as commission for every learner he finds placement for at schools.
Magistrate Asino warned Nel to appear at the Windhoek Magistrates office on 14 March 2014 or face a warrant of arrest against him if he fails to make his next appearance, whereby his bail will be provisionally cancelled and bail money will be forfeited to the State.
The matter was remanded to allow for further police investigations.