ACC arrests Agriculture Ministry employee for self-gratification

Former private secretary to the Director of Extension and Engineering Services at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Joyce Zussino-van Wyk (29) was yesterday arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

 

Zussino-van Wyk is accused of having used her position as an insider of the ministry to obtain tenders for her company; Tuahafa-Zussino Creations.

 

With access to quotations sent in by other companies, she would attain the information and pricing of the other suppliers and use it to her advantage by including her company’s quotations among the rest.

 

The value of the self-gratification is N$121 749.50. She was charged by the Prosecutor-General on nine counts of contravening Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act, Act No. 8 of 2003.

 

Investigations also revealed she did not have the required permission to perform outside remunerative work in terms of Section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Act, which states; “A public officer commits an offence who knowingly and corruptly and otherwise than as a member of a registered joint stock company consisting of more than 20 persons, acquires or holds, directly or indirectly, a private interest in any contract, agreement or investment emanating from or connected with the public body on or in which he or she serves as a member or as an employee or which is made on account of the public body”.

 

Zussino-van Wyk already appeared at the Windhoek Magistrates Court where her case was postponed to the 26th of this month for legal representation. She is currently out on a N$20 000 bail.