Former acting Secretary-General of NYC contact person between SSC and Avid Investment

WINDHOEK: Former acting Secretary-General of the National Youth Council (NYC), Ralph Blaauw was allegedly the contact person between the Social Security Commission (SSC) and Avid Investment.

This was said here yesterday by the SSC’s former Senior Manager for Corporate Finance, Gideon Muelder, in his testimony on the second day of the trial of the seven people implicated in the N.dollars 30 million fraud scam involving Avid Investment and the Social Security Commission.

According to Muelder, Blaauw was also the person who had allegedly introduced his co-accused and former Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication Paulus Iilonga Kapia to the SSC and to Muelder.

He said Blaauw came to his office on 20 January 2005 and gave him information about the profile of Avid Investment, and introduced Kapia as Deputy Minister of Works, Transport and Communication to him.

He further testified that Labour Ministry official and lawyer Otniel Podewiltz had also allegedly come to his office and he spoke to him in his capacity as a director in Avid Investment.

All seven suspects have denied any involvement in the matter or knowledge of the missing money.

They denied the allegations against them when each pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of fraud, alternatively theft, corruption and giving false evidence in an inquiry in terms of the Companies’ Act at the start of their trial here on Tuesday.