A young woman, claiming to be the girlfriend of disgraced Minister of Justice Sacky Shangala, one of the main figures in the international fishing quota corruption involving players from various countries, as well as a Shangala’s worker and Rehoboth resident, Nigel van Wyk, are in custody facing various charges ranging from obstruction of justice and removing of evidence to interfering in an investigation.
Van Wyk was previously arrested and granted bail after he was charged with obstruction of justice during the arrest of the Shangala and James Hatuikulipi at their farm outside Windhoek. Other people arrested in the saga are former Fisheries Minister Bernhard Esau, his son-in-law Tamson ‘Fitty’ Hatuikulipi, Ricardo Gustavo and Pius ‘Taxa’ Mwatelulo.
The Inspector-General of the Namibian Police, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed that the arrests came after a police operation was supposed to search the residence of Shanghala at the prestigious Berg Street in Windhoek.
Shangala was informed from prison that his house needed to be searched and claimed that the keys of the house were in Ombalantu where the Shangala family now resides.
However, Ndeitunga said the keys to the Shangala residence reportedly arrived yesterday.
Officials from the ACC indicated that the keys arrived late and that the house would only be searched today, but the police meanwhile maintained surveillance of the house.
The police observed that the girl claiming to be Shangala’s girlfriend, Ndapunikwa Ndikwetepo, and Van Wyk secretly arrived at the residence and a police team observed them collecting documentation in the study of the palatial house.
The observation team also saw the two loading documents, computer hard drives, flash drives and some ammunition into the vehicle they came with.
According to Ndeitunga, the police waited until the two were leaving and arrested them and seized all documents and evidence on their way out.
Ndeitunga said the search of the rest of the Shangala house will continue today.
Another police operation was also launched last night to search the Van Wyk residence in Rehoboth.
The two Shangala hangers-on will appear in court in the next 48 hours and according to Ndeitunga, bail will be opposed since Van Wyk had previously tried to interfere with the investigations.
Meanwhile, the police and ACC are attempting to get the alleged kingpins of the fishing scandal incarcerated at the Windhoek prison as it would be more secure.
It has also been revealed that the Law Society of Namibia (LSN) has now formally commenced investigations into the trust accounts of legal practitioners implicated in the Fishrot matter.
According to a statement by the LSN, the professional conduct of the legal practitioners involved will also be investigated.
Since the Fishrot matter came to the public attention a few weeks ago, the LSN has been in regular consultation with other regulatory bodies and institutions to determine the extent of the allegations and the involvement of the members of the LSN.
The LSN stated that formal action will be taken against all legal practitioners who acted contrary to the Legal Practitioners Act, 1995.