30 July 2012

Namibia: Majiedt to Wait Longer for PG's Decision

FORMER cement company employee Esmerelda Majiedt, who is accused of having committed corruption on a massive scale against her employer, will have to wait longer still to hear what the Prosecutor General plans to do with her case.

Majiedt (47) made another appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on Friday, to be informed that the Prosecutor General's decision on her case - specifically, on what charges she will be prosecuted, and in which court that would be - is not yet available.

As a result, Magistrate Ingrid Unengu postponed Majiedt's case to November 16 for a final time for the Prosecutor General's decision to be finalised.

At this stage Majiedt is charged only with the corrupt use of false documents, which is an offence under the Anti-Corruption Act of 2003.

Majiedt was arrested after her former employer, Afrisam Cement Namibia, discovered early last year that the company had lost millions of dollars, and that shortly before the company's closure in Namibia stock to the value of about N$13 million had been written off, allegedly by Majiedt and without proper authorisation.

An investigation is alleged to have unearthed evidence that large quantities of cement had been delivered to customers of Afrisam without payment to the company.

It is alleged that payments had been made to Majiedt in her personal capacity instead.

Majiedt, who was a sales team leader at Afrisam, denied the allegations against her when she testified during her bail hearing. She claimed that other Afrisam employees knew her computer password, and that transactions which appeared to have been done by her on the company's computer system did not necessarily point to her involvement.

It is alleged that an amount of more than N$70 million - being the value of suspect deliveries of cement from Afrisam's stocks - is involved in the case.

Majiedt has remained in custody since being arrested on April 4 last year. A request to be released on bail was refused in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court in mid-July last year, and an appeal against that ruling was dismissed in the High Court in Windhoek in mid-December.

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