Purity Manganese Worker Deported

A PURITY Manganese expatriate worker will be deported to Israel today after he was found guilty of overstaying in the country.

The 31-year-old financial aiser, Lior Hirsch, who overstayed with 22 days, was arrested at the company’s offices in Windhoek on Monday.

He appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court yesterday where he was charged with contravening the Immigration Control Act.

Hirsch pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to a fine of N$6 000 or 12 months imprisonment.

In passing the sentence, magistrate Jermaine Muchali considered that the accused had pleaded guilty and was contributing to the country’s economy.

Prosecutor Verinao Kamahene said the offence was a serious one and that all those who hear about it should be warned that justice will take its course.

Kamahene said “those who want to commit the same offence will be deterred from doing so”.

Purity Manganese executive director Asi Eretz told The Namibian yesterday that they had applied for the renewal of Hirsch’s permit but the process was delayed because Hirsch did not have some vital documents.

“It was an honest mistake and not an intentional one. The documents needed to be translated into English and that took the time,” said Eretz.

Source : The Namibian