Kora alleged corruption matter to be heard behind closed doors

Kora alleged corruption matter to be heard behind closed doors

Office of the Judiciary says the Kora Awards corruption matter is being heard behind closed doors on the request of the two parties to see if they cannot reach a settlement outside the court.
The engagement between the parties started in September.
This revelation comes in the wake of social media posts that the case is being heard behind closed doors, that is unprecedented in a case of this nature.
The settlement discussions between the Namibia Tourism Board and Mundial Telecom Sarl, which organised the aborted Kora Music Awards, was held before Judge Herman Oosthuizen and is not open to the public at this stage.
This decision is being questioned by the public due to the fact that the N$23 million alleged corruption case involves public funds, therefore should be open to public scrutiny.
A request for a closed-door hearing was done, which is normal in practice and acceptable in court to keep the discussions secret and such permission was granted.
According to Ockert Jansen, Public Relations Deputy Director in the Office of the Judiciary says it is under the discretion of the presiding judge to either reject or approve a request from the litigates in any matter, where a request of this nature is sought.
The matter continues before judge Oosthuizen on 9 November.