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ACC cracks down on 21 local authorities in Erongo for corruption

by Rodney Pienaar

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office in Erongo region is investigating 21 cases of corruption at Local Authorities in the region. 

According to statistics provided by the corruption watchdog’s senior investigation officer, Frieda Kanyama, the ACC is investigation five cases of corruption at Henties bay; six at Walvisbay; four at Omaruru; two at Usakos; two at Karibib and two at Swakopmund.

Of these cases, only four are already in court while the rest have not yet seen investigations being finalised.

Meanwhile, the office has registered 209 cases on the case management system since 2012 and is handling 83 cases.

Of these, 21 are local authority cases representing 25 percent of the current cases. 

“The commission receives and examines allegations of corruption and initiates investigation on its own accord if necessary. The commission may also decide to refer the allegations to another appropriate body for investigation or action,” Kanyama stated.

She added that corrupt practices and penalties are set out in chapter four of the Act. 

The Arandis Town Council is the only local authority that is currently not under investigation for corruption by the ACC.