NIGEL van Wyk, an employee of former Justice Minister, Sacky Shanghala, was remanded in custody until March next year after he made a brief appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on a charge of attempting to defeat the course of justice today.
Van Wyk was arrested along with Shanghala’s self proclaimed fiancé, Ndapunikwa Ndikwetepo, after they removed files, data storage devices and ammunition from the former minister’s residence in Berg Street on Saturday evening.
Van Wyk and Ndikwetepo were accosted by law enforcement officials as they were about to leave the luxury property with the items deemed relevant to the corruption, fraud and money laundering case faced by Shanghala and his five co-accused.
The young woman has since been released due to a lack of sufficient evidence against her.
Van Wyk was charged with attempting to defeat the course of justice and the illegal possession of ammunition.
Advocate Tangeni Iitula, who represented the state in the matter, opposed bail on the grounds that the police still need time to investigate the matter further. He also informed the Magistrate that it is the second time within the past three weeks that the accused person attempted to obstruct the course of justice.
At the end of November Van Wyk was arrested along with Shanghala and James Hatuikulipi when he interfered with police officers while they were busy executing their duties. In this regard Van Wyk was set free on bail.
Before postponing the matter to 18 March 2020 to afford the police more time to investigate the current charge of attempting to defeat the course of justice against Van Wyk further, Magistrate Alweendo informed the accused person that it is his right to bring a formal bail application to court before that date.
Mervin Katuvezirauina, who represents Van Wyk, informed Magistrate Venatius Alweendo that his client will bring a formal bail application to court on 10 January 2020.