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Fugitive former magistrate arrested

Fugitive former magistrate arrested

Niël Terblanché


A three-year-old warrant of arrest for former Gobabis Magistrate, Walter ‘Rooies’ Mostert, has been successfully executed when he was arrested at a temporary traffic checkpoint at Tses in the //Karas Region.


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) applied for the warrant of arrest and a Windhoek Magistrate issued the order at the beginning of January 2018.


Deputy Commissioner Chrispin Mubebo, the //Karas Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator confirmed the arrest on Saturday morning.


“There was a warrant for his arrest and we successfully executed it when he was positively identified at the checkpoint,” he said.


warrant arrest former Gobabis Magistrate Walter Rooies Mostert arrested traffic checkpoint Tses //Karas


According to the warrant of arrest, Mostert was wanted for the crimes of corruption, fraud, extortion, attempting to defeat the course of justice, and the contravention of regulations under the Immigration Control Act.


Mostert denied that he committed any of the crimes. He said that the ACC knew exactly where he was since he left Namibia in 2017.
“I even supplied them with my mobile phone number and gave them my address in Somerset West where I lived and worked,” he said.


Mostert stated that he has started a water business and shortly after his departure from Namibia that he stayed in Klerksdorp for some time before he moved down to Stellenbosch before eventually settling in Somerset West.


Before his troubles with the law started, Mostert resigned as a magistrate because of clashes with his employer about being transferred from Gobabis to Oshakati. After his resignation, he worked as a labour consultant.


Some of the allegations against Mostert originate from a business deal he had with a South African citizen who bought a farm in the //Karas region.


Mostert alleges that the South African national obtained a falsified Namibian birth certificate which eventually culminated in the person obtaining legal residential status in Namibia.


The South African national later accused Mostert of producing and providing him with false documentation.


The former magistrate is also accused of fraud and theft. The accusations stem from a business deal that involved the sale of a farm to a Windhoek resident.


It is alleged that Mostert received payment of N$1.5 million for a 49% stake in a farm. He is further accused of selling his stake in the property to another person without returning the payment he received to his business partner.


Deputy Commissioner Mubebo said that Mostert was transferred to Windhoek shortly after his arrest where he was handed over to investigators of the ACC.


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