Unionist Off the Hook On Fraud Charge

THE fraud charge that trade unionist Alfred Angula has been facing since October 2013 has been dropped.

The prosecutor general has decided not to prosecute Angula (49) on the charge, public prosecutor Maria Andimba informed magistrate Hileni Kavara when Angula made another appearance in the dock in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court in Katutura on Friday.

Andimba told the magistrate that the prosecutor general has declined to prosecute Angula – an indication that in the PG’s view her office had not been provided with sufficient evidence to show that Angula was guilty of the crime of which he was accused.

Angula spent a week in police custody following his arrest on 16 October 2013, before he was released on bail in an amount of N$50 000. The bail money can now be refunded to the person who had paid it, the magistrate ordered when she formally noted the withdrawal of the charge against Angula on Friday.

Angula pleaded not guilty to the charge on 4 February this year. His case was then postponed so that the prosecutor general could make a decision about the prosecution he was facing.

In the charge on which he denied guilt three and a half months ago, the state alleged that Angula defrauded Nedbank Namibia and First National Bank of Namibia on various occasions from 31 January 2012 to 31 December 2013 by creating the impression that he was authorised to withdraw a total amount of about N$1,24 million from bank accounts of the Namibia Farmworkers Union (Nafwu).

In fact, Angula did not have such authorisation as claimed by him, it was alleged in the charge.

Angula is a previous general secretary of Nafwu. He was the acting secretary general of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) at the time of his arrest.

Defence lawyer Edwin Coetzee represented Angula.

Source : The Namibian