The Namibian man who allegedly stole millions of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s dollars is fearing for his life and wants out of South Africa.
Two sources privy to the details said Imanuwela David, a Namibian national who also holds South African citizenship, was still in the country, but felt “very unsafe”.
They say he wants to leave the country, but wants assistance to avoid being traced.
A source said:He has approached several people in the club circles, saying he wants to leave South Africa and wants to change his name. I don’t know if anyone has assisted him yet, but he is feeling unsafe in the country. He still has some money with him and has offered to pay for his escape.
Information obtained by this paper paints a picture of David as man with no history of serious offences in the country.
Records show that he is currently unemployed and that he left his job at a security outfit and a lubrication company in 2019.
A report by the police crime administration system (CAS), which the SA Police Service uses to keep track of all crimes committed in the country for record-keeping and statistics purposes, shows that David was never arrested for any violent crime, but was himself a victim of a housebreaking in March 2009. He laid criminal charges in this regard at the Middelburg Police Station in Mpumalanga.
The system also shows that, in November 2015, while he was apparently living in Alberton, Gauteng, he was severely beaten, and he laid charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
However, David has had some brushes with the law, having been arrested at least three times for alleged public drinking and for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as for reckless and negligent driving, none of which ended in a conviction.
According to the CAS, former State Security Agency director-general Arthur Fraser’s complaint against Ramaphosa, based on the alleged theft of at least $4 million (R60 million) from his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo, was closed at the Rosebank Police Station in Johannesburg.
“The docket has been closed in Rosebank and transferred to Bela-Bela Police Station. The system reveals that it is yet to be allocated an investigating officer,” said one security cluster source with access to the CAS system.
Ramaphosa has publicly admitted that money was stolen from his farm, but claims that the amount was “much, much less” than the reported $4 million.
David was allegedly in a relationship with a domestic worker on the farm, and she allegedly alerted him to the presence of the money. He then allegedly carried out the robbery with his accomplices, who lived in the nearby Syferkuil informal settlement.
City Press learnt that on June 12 2020, four months after the alleged burglary, David crossed the Orange River into Namibia by canoe to escape Ramaphosa’s tailing investigators, but he was arrested soon thereafter at an upmarket complex in Windhoek.
The issue of David’s arrest in Namibia has led to allegations that Ramaphosa may have abused his powers to secure the arrest, with some accusing Namibian President Hage Geingob of colluding with his South African counterpart.
However, on Friday, Geingob issued a lengthy statement criticising the “slanderous allegations and insinuations”.
The statement said there was “absolutely no truth in the allegations that President Geingob inappropriately used his office to assist President Ramaphosa”. Geingob has also publicly denied any criminal conduct on his part.
Geingob said the apprehension of suspects in Namibia was a constitutional and statutory duty of members of the Namibian Police Force, which, “on reasonable suspicion that a person may have committed an offence, [is] mandated to effect an arrest if it is deemed appropriate and necessary”.