Swakopmund acting CEO arrested for drunken driving

SWAKOPMUND, Oct. 12 – Swakopmund municipality’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Marco Swartz (56), was caught out and charged with drunken driving, sowing disbelief within the holiday town’s community.

Swartz was arrested last Wednesday night on a charge of driving with excessive alcohol levels after a breathalyser test was conducted by traffic officials.

He was on his way home from the Rossmund Golf Course a few kilometres outside Swakopmund when the incident occurred. A joint traffic operation by the police, traffic officers and the Swakopmund neighbourhood watch, saw a roadblock mounted outside the town on the B2 highway en-route to Usakos.

Allegedly Swartz, as well as some other road users on their way to Swakopmund noticed the roadblock and tried to avoid it by making a sharp right turn at the gravel road leading to Henties Bay, before getting to the roadblock.

Unfortunately, there was another roadblock also stationed on the gravel road, effectively cutting out all escape routes and boxing him in. Swartz was arrested and bail of N$4000 was posted a few hours later.

Swakopmund CEO Marco Swartz

He made his first court appearance and the matter was postponed until 27 November for plea.

Meanwhile, Namibia Daily News contacted the municipality’s spokesperson, Ms Ailie Gebhardt, asking her what disciplinary actions against the acting CEO were put in place.

She responded via email that “This is a private and internal issue and will be dealt with accordingly.” – Marshallino Beukes