THE highest court in the country, the Supreme Court, has dismissed an application for former Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa to appeal her conviction.
Hanse-Himarwa was convicted and sentenced to pay a fine for removing names of beneficiaries on a mass housing list at Mariental and replacing them with those of her family members.
She was the Governor of the Hardap Region at the time.
The Supreme Court bench consisted of Justices Sylvester Mainga, Elton Hoff and Theo Frank.
“The petition for leave to appeal for the refusal of the condonation application and leave to appeal against conviction is refused,” reads the order.
In February this year, Hanse-Himarwa’s application in the High Court was also dismissed by Judge Christie Liebenberg.
Judge Liebenberg at the time ruled that Hanse-Himarwa failed to show any prospects of success on appeal and that he was not convinced that the Supreme Court may come to a different conclusion in relation to the former minister’s corruption conviction, thus her application for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court.
The judge further found that Hanse-Himarwa’s assertion of a lack of funds as the sole reason for the delay in filing her application is inadequate and falls short of being a reasonable and acceptable explanation.