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New Era Newspaper Thursday April 19,

Inside today Court clips wings of SME Bank Turning pests into profit fits well into industrialisation They couldn’t stop me this time – Jonas liquidators Page 3 drive – Humavindu Page 9 Page 24 Vol. 23 No. 155 Windhoek Namibia Thursday, April 19 2018 Oranjemund couple convicted of N.4 million fraud Roland Routh Windhoek Tears flowed on Tuesday when Judge Alfred Siboleka convicted three people, a married couple and an accomplice of theirs, on 513 counts of fraud, contravening the Banking Institutions Act and contravening the Companies Act. Judge Siboleka pronounced Charles van Rensburg, Melanie Grace van Niekerk and her husband, Jesaja Jeremia (JJ) van Niekerk guilty after a trial of more than three years in which almost 80 of the people they swindled According to the charge sheet, the Van Niekerks and Van Rensburg operated an illegal pyramid investment company at Oranjemund between August, 2006 and February, 2014 and through which they solicited at least N.4 million from acquaintances, friends Namibia has 67,000 unemployed graduates Selma Ikela Windhoek Landing a job has become a highly elusive dream for thousands of university graduates who are strug- salaried employment. With the global economic crunch that has impacted government revenue coupled with the government freezing entry-level jobs, employment opportunities are hard to come by in Namibia’s public and private sectors. yearly with tens of thousands of graduates failing to secure employment despite owning a university graduates on page 2 From left, Charles van Rensburg, Melanie van Niekerk and JJ van Niekerk. Photo: Roland Routh and family by promising unrealistic returns, ranging between seven and 15% a month. The operated a business called West Coast Financial Aid cc in which Van Rensburg and JJ van Niekerk had equal shares and employed Melanie van Niekerk also had a business called Mias Face the music… NHE houses that were handed over at a previous have been suspended at Katima Mulilo for soliciting and accepting bribes ranging from N,000 to N,000 purportedly to place latecomers at the top of the housing waiting face a similar fate. Micro-Lending. The three denied guilt on all the charges preferred against them – 256 counts of fraud, alternatively theft, 256 counts of conducting banking business without a licence and one count of reckless or fraudulent carrying on of a business at the start of their trial in February, 2015. According to Judge Siboleka, the defence of the three accused amounted to mere denials of any wrongdoing with Van Rensburg and JJ van Niekerk dumping all the blame on Melanie van Niekerk, saying she kept the serious worsening cash flow problems to herself. over alleged housing bribes Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Katima Mulilo Town Council allegations they corruptly accepted kickbacks ranging from N,000 to N,000 after promising to put those who paid them the money at the top of the housing waiting list. It is alleged the syndicate has been operating for years and was only uncovered after some of the individuals who parted with the bribes complained to the town council management that they had in exchange for the preference of being placed on top of the housing fraud on page 2 list, but which did not happen. Some local authority councillors at Katima Mulilo privy to the matter told New Era yesterday on condition of anonymity that this week been suspended and that there is a possibility that more could face the same fate. brIbes on page 2 Flooddevastated bereaved father relocated Selma Ikela Windhoek The man whose girlfriend is dead and whose three-year-old son is presumably dead after be- at Ombili has been relocated after he was provided with food and construction material by a councillor who was touched by his plight and possibly a double tragedy. Apart from relocating the grief-stricken man the City of about 10 shacks in the vicinity of Oshitenda in Ombili whose inhabitants will be relocated immediately. This was said by the City of Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise during a press conference yesterday on the emergency Nehemia Shindinge, 31, was left homeless after the heavy rainwater gushed into his shack, away with his girlfriend whose body has since been retrieved, while that of his son is yet to be found. A search mission is still on to recover the boy or his body. father on page 2 Nehemia Shindinge

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