WINDHOEK, 28 AUG – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Tuesday confirmed that prominent Windhoek-based lawyer Christ Brandt had committed suicide.
Inspector Pendukeni Haikali of NamPol’s Public Relations Department confirmed the incident to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Tuesday, saying that Brandt is believed to have shot himself at his residence in Ludwigsdorf.
Brandt, 67, was due to appear in the High Court on Tuesday morning to defend an application against the Law Society of Namibia (LSN) for his temporary suspension as a legal practitioner.
It is further reported that the LSN reportedly claimed that the deceased admitted to making unlawful transfers from his Trust account into his Business account since January this year, in order to cover for his employees’ salaries and overhead expenses.
Brandt was one of the country’s most senior legal practitioners and had been practicing law in Namibia for more than 40 years after he was admitted as an attorney in the High Court in May 1978.
He spent the first 20 years of his legal career in government service and was appointed as Namibia’s first government attorney following independence in 1990. He served in that position for more than eight years before going into private practice in late 1998. – NAMPA