DAILYKENN.com -- In short: Ralph and Susanne Holtmann applied for permanent residence, were ignored for two years, then arrested as illegal aliens.
From The Namibian ▼
A HIGH Court judge has sharply criticised the ministry of home affairs over its treatment of a German couple whose application for permanent residence went unanswered for more than two years, before the couple was arrested and charged with being illegally in Namibia.
Immigration officials' failure to respond to the couple's application for permanent residence and eight letters of enquiry about the progress of their application, and then the arrest of the couple last year under the Immigration
Control Act, was “disgraceful and should not be associated with a professional public service in a constitutional state”, judge Shafimana Ueitele said in a judgement delivered in the Windhoek High Court last week.
“Accountability and responsiveness are founding values of our democracy. All organs of state must provide effective and accountable government,” Ueitele stated.
The lack of a response to the application of German nationals Ralph and Susanne Holtmann, followed by their arrest on a charge of being illegally in Namibia, “is irresponsible behaviour that borders on incompetence and lack of accountability”, judge Ueitele commented. He added: “The manner in which the Holtmanns were treated can just embarrass Namibians, and not make us proud.”
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