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Phala-Phala theft suspect worked for SA Army? Read what he told the Namibian court in a statement

This week, it came out that the person who is thought to have planned the break-in at President Cyril Ramaphosa's game farm in Limpopo made up stories in court. Imanuwela David said that after being in the SA Army in Abu Dhabi, Mali, Iraq, and Libya, he became a wealthy developer in Johannesburg in 2020. This is what a court transcript shows, which Albert Kawana, the minister of home affairs, immigration, safety and security, gave to the Namibian National Assembly on Thursday.

The transcript is from the Karasburg magistrate's court, where David was tried for crossing the Orange River in a canoe near the Vioolsdrif border on June 12, 2020, when crossing borders was not allowed because of the Covid-19 lockdown. David also said that he crossed the border without permission to look for a possible place to build a house in Namibia.Imanuwela David paid a R20,000 fine after admitting customs and immigration offences in Namibia in June 2020.

Arthur Fraser, who used to be the head of the State Security Agency, says that David was the mastermind behind the break-in at Ramaphosa's Phala Phala farm on February 9, 2020, when he and others stole at least $4 million that was hidden in a sofa. Fraser says that the alleged theft was covered up while the presidential protection unit tried to get the money back. David has not yet been arrested in connection with the alleged theft.

Before Fraser's affidavit on June 1 named David as the mastermind, the alleged thief was at the center of a scandal in Namibia. David is accused of paying off the former CEO of the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor), Paulus Ngalangi, and a police sergeant, Hendrik Nghede, to help him sneak into the country. This is after he crossed the border with two expensive watches, a gold chain, and about R488,000 in Namibian and US currency.See the source image

After Ngalangi and Nghede pleaded not guilty, their trial is likely to start again in July. David admitted to breaking immigration and customs laws and paid an R20,000 fine. He told the court he was married and had three children, ages 12, 8, and 8 months. Percy McNally, his lawyer, told the court that David worked for a developer in Fourways, Johannesburg.

"(David) finished high school in 2002, and then he joined the SA Army. He worked to keep the peace in Abu Dhabi, Iraq, Mali, and Libya, he said. The SA National Defense Force has never been to any of these countries to keep the peace.

McNally says that David did not plan to cross the Orange in a way that was against the law. "(David) was on his way to Swakopmund to look at some development, and when he was told he couldn't enter Namibia because of Covid-19, he didn't see himself going back to Pretoria. Instead, he chose to enter Namibia at a different point of entry," he said.

"It wasn't a smart choice. (David) now has to deal with the effects of his hasty decisions, which hurt him emotionally and financially." After David was caught, he tested positive for Covid-19 when he got to Windhoek. The prosecutor, Yeukai Kangira, said that David had put the whole country in danger. "David cost Namibian taxpayers more money because he had to be quarantined with all of his known contacts from Karasburg to Windhoek. Because of this, the accused must get a sentence that will make him and other people think twice about breaking the law, said Kangira.

"David was not carrying much with him." Former Namibian police chief Nelius Becker talks about a "person of interest" in a secret report about David's movements across the border. This "person of interest," a Johannesburg business owner who asked not to be named, told SowetanLIVE's sister publication TimesLIVE that he was asked by a friend to drive David to Vioolsdrif, where he was supposed to attend a meeting.

"His name was all I knew: Imma. He only had a backpack and his phone with him," the man said, confirming that Imma was David when he was shown photos of David. He said that they made a reservation at a lodge for the night with the plan that he would take the person back to Pretoria the next day. But David called him and told him that he would stay there for a while longer and that he could go back to Pretoria on his own.

Phala Phala ‘thief’ claims he was SA Army peacekeeper before life of luxury (sowetanlive.co.za)

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