Chief Magistrate fined for defying Covid-19 rule

By Confidente Reporter

CHIEF Magistrate Philanda Christiaan (38) was reportedly fined N$2 000 for violating one of the Covid-19 regulations last Friday. She was said to have been stopped at the Windhoek/Okahandja roadblock for having allegedly exceeded the allowed number of passengers in her vehicle at the time.

The chief magistrate was subsequently taken to Wanaheda Police Station. Nampol deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi confirmed the matter. Confidente is reliably informed that Christiaan is yet to pay the fine but was given until 24 April to settle the amount or else she must be in court on 18 May to oppose the fine.

Christiaan on Wednesday told Confidente that she was not arrested but was only fined. “I was not arrested, I was only fined,” she said adding that the deadline to pay the fine has not lapsed.

Violation of the Covid-19 regulations during the state of emergency can result in a spot fine, and failure to pay means risking arrest and being forced to appear before court.