Investigation into fugitive's gangster links continues

17 July 2020 | Crime

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WINDHOEK



The Namibian police are working with their South African counterparts to establish whether Immanuel David, who illegally crossed the Orange River in June, is connected to organised crime in that country.

David had made it to Windhoek, where he was arrested and tested positive for Covid-19.

“We are working with SAPS to see if there is a link to organised crime. Up to now there is nothing to suggest so,” police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga said yesterday

At the time of David's arrest, Ndeitunga said he was wanted by the South African police.

“He seems to be part of a bigger criminal syndicate,” Ndeitunga added.

David has not been charged yet. He is being kept in isolation at Hosea Kutako International Airport until he recovers from Covid-19. “Currently he is facing charges of having entered the country through an ungazetted entry point. We might add more charges as the investigation continues,” Ndeitunga said.



Accomplices

Ndeitunga was also asked whether former Fishcor acting CEO Paulus Ngalangi and an unnamed police officer, who had helped David to travel to Windhoek, would be charged.

“We will resort to the law to see what we can use to charge him [Ngalangi] and the police officer that assisted,” Ndeitunga said.

The ACC had also weighed in at the time of David's arrest, saying it was monitoring the case amid allegations that he was connected in some way to the Fishrot corruption scandal.