By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Magistrates’ Commission has withdrawn charges levelled against then Ondangwa magistrate Antonius Shapumba who was being investigated for striking numerous cases off the court roll recently.
Shapumba was investigated for allegedly striking off many cases, while at the same time requesting state prosecutors to add more charges to cases of accused persons who failed to bring forth witnesses.
Chief Magistrate, Johanna Salionga confirmed the charges saying that her office received complaints of Shapumba striking cases off the court roll and immediately launched an investigation.
“It is true; we received the complaints about Shapumba striking cases off the court roll. We investigated the matter but we later withdrew the charges because there was not enough evidence and we are satisfied with the investigation,” said Salionga.
She furthermore said that Shapumba had every right to be striking cases off the court roll because many of the cases would have been postponed for a number of times clogging the court roll.
Shapumba is not new to such accusations as he was previously charged for rogue behaviour which resulted in him being transferred from his previous duty station at Keetmanshoop to Ondangwa, last year.
Shapumba, when contacted could not comment on the matter saying that he was not allowed to talk to the media.
“I cannot talk you because I am not allowed talk to the media,” he said.
Shapumba has since been transferred to Windhoek.
When asked whether Shapumba’s transfer to Windhoek had anything do with the complaints, Salionga was quick to point out that his transfer was in the interest of justice and had nothing to do with the allegations levelled against him.
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