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ACC arrests distribution manager for soliciting bribes

12 April 2019 Author   NYASHA FRANCIS NYAUNGWA
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a manager at a private distribution company in Windhoek after he allegedly solicited bribes from transport companies.
Lourens Du Plessis (52) was arrested this week following a sting operation involving a bribe of N$3,000.
Allegations are that Du Plessis would demand bribes of between N$1,000 and N$7,000 in order to award transport work to companies and to ensure that they receive lucrative routes.
The accused appeared in the Windhoek Magistrates’ court on Wednesday and his case was remanded to 10 June for further investigations. Du Plessis, who is being charged with contravening Section 33 (a) and (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.8 of 2003, was granted bail of N$10,000.
Meanwhile, the ACC says it received 60 complaints during the first quarter of 2019, with 21 complaints earmarked for full investigations, two identified for preliminary enquiries and one submitted to the office of the Prosecutor General for a decision on whether to prosecute or not.
One case was finalised and investigators are currently waiting for a decision by Director General Paulus Noah on the way forward.
Nine cases were referred to the relevant government authorities and 26 cases were closed as there were no reasonable grounds for investigation.
“The quality and amount of relevant information of the corruption complaints received directly affects whether the complaint can be pursued. Therefore, the majority of non-pursuable corruption complaints were due to insufficient, vague or unsubstantiated information provided,” the ACC said in a statement.