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ACC hits private sector with historic arrest

ACC hits private sector with historic arrest

Niël Terblanché
HISTORY was made when the Namibian Anti-corruption Commission arrested an employee of a well-known private sector distribution company, the 52-year-old Lourens du Plessis, during a special operation for soliciting bribes from private transport companies earlier this week.

Pictured: Lourens du Plessis. – Photo: Courtesy of the ACC

According to an official statement by the ACC Du Plessis, an employee of Wutow A Trading as a distribution manager, allegedly solicited bribes from transport operators in order for him to grant them transport contracts of the distribution company’s products through-out Namibia. Besides paying for contracts to be granted, transport companies also paid bribes to work on the more lucrative routes.
According to the statement the investigation into the matter was initiated in the second week of March after viable information accompanied the complaint laid at the ACC.
Bribes ranged between N$1 000 and N$7 000 depending on the amount reflected on invoices from the transport companies. The ACC statement did not mention the number of incidents or total amount that Du Plessis accrued in this manner.
“Following the receipt of information on 11 March, a sting operation was organised and Du Plessis, also known as Duppie, was arrested after he received a bribe of N$3 000 earlier this week.”
The accused person appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on the 10th of April on charges of corruptly soliciting gratification in terms of section 33 (a) and (b) of the Anti-corruption Act, Act No. 8 of 2003.
Before the matter was postponed to the 10th of June this year bail of N$10 000 was granted to Du Plessis.

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