2 April 2013

Namibia: Deputy Minister Faces Another Reckless Driving Charge

POLICE at Tses are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving against the deputy minister of mines and energy, Willem Isaack.

Police Chief Inspector Herman Hartzenberg said the case was opened after Isaack had overturned his official government vehicle on the gravel road between Tses and Berseba on Saturday at around 21h00.

"Following the completion of an investigation into the car crash, the police will present a case docket to the prosecutor general to decide whether or not to prosecute," said Hartzenberg.

He said Isaack, who was alone in the government car, received treatment at the Berseba clinic for minor injuries to his head and shoulder.

According to Hartzenberg, Isaack lost control of the Toyota double-cab bakkie after he swerved to avoid a pool of rainwater in the road. It is suspected that Isaack was speeding, Hartzenberg added.

In August 2011, the police opened a case of culpable homicide, alternatively reckless and negligent driving, against Isaack in connection with a car crash that killed seven-year-old Alwara Esterhuizen.

A case docket was sent to the prosecutor general to decide whether to prosecute Isaack.

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