Mr. Bernhard Esau, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources warned that criminals are using his name to illegally solicit funds.
During the Annual Address to the Fishing Industry the minister said that he was made aware of the scam after it started circulating on various social media platforms.
“I have noted from messages circulating in social media that there are persons purporting to be organizing a Bernhard Esau Ocean Marathon, to be held in Swakopmund during this year. I wish to state categorically that I do not know about this marathon, I have not been consulted about this marathon, and those organizing such event using my name are doing so without my permission.”
The minister warned members of the public not to make financial or other contributions to this purported marathon, as it does not have his blessing or endorsement.