By Confidente Reporter
THE Magistrates’ Commission has found its Ohangwena presiding magistrate, Natalia Hanhele guilty of misconduct for refusing to provide a Windhoek street vendor accused of threatening the Oukwanyama Queen a public document in order to apply for legal aid.
Hanhele according to documents dated November 16 in Confidente’s possession was recently reprimanded for improper conduct. The reprimand follows investigations by the commission into the matter after reports that Hanhele since early July failed to provide the accused Treffeine Shaalukeni (44) a copy of her charge sheet in order to apply for legal aid that is funded by taxpayers to help with a case in which Queen Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu accused Shaalukeni of impersonating an Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officer before threatening to arrest the queen for failing to reinstate two headmen and a headwoman she dismissed in 2011.
The documents, signed by the commission’s deputy chairperson, Mathias Kashindi addressed to NamRights’ executive director, Phil ya Nangolo – who has been assisting Shaalukeni – reveals that the judicial body hopes the incident will not happen again.
“…Kindly be informed that magistrate M.N. Hanhele had been reprimanded after completed investigation. It is hoped that the incident will not be repeated. The Commission wish to thank you for bringing the matter forth (sic).”
Kashindi when contacted for comment Tuesday said he cannot comment on the matter without authority from the commission’s chairperson, Judge Nate Ndauendapo. “I cannot confirm or deny this matter especially without the approval of the chairperson.” Efforts to get comment from Ndauendapo proved futile at the time of going to print.
Confidente in August published the story at which the commission said it was weighing relevant information for possible investigations. At the time, Ya Nangolo in his letter of complaint to the commission also said that Hanhele rudely and arrogantly cut their telephonic conversation over the matter.
“For several weeks prior to the incident (telephonic conversation) NamRights has been trying to obtain a copy of the charge sheet in respect of a client who is an indigent citizen. NamRights is helping the accused woman to apply for legal aid from the Directorate of Legal in Windhoek where she lives and works as a street vendor. A copy of the charge sheet is required to be attached to her application for legal aid…This process of trying to obtain a copy of the charge sheet went on back and forth for several weeks,” part of Ya Nangolo’s letter read.
Ya Nangolo said that although the directorate phoned officials at the magistrate court to release the document, he was still told to personally speak to Hanhele. During their telephonic conversation, Hanhele reportedly said, “You should have known that you must first write to me requesting for such a copy after which I will decide whether or not to grant your request. I am in a meeting,” she reportedly said to Ya Nangolo before rudely cutting their conversation short.
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