Delays in NPA investigation are problematic – Zak Yacoob

2014-08-14 08:46

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Retired judge Zak Yacoob has expressed concern about a delay in getting documents from the National Prosecuting Authority so that he could begin his investigation into media leaks at the organisation.

Yacoob told SAfm today that the NPA was meant to deliver documents to him within 48 hours but there was a delay.

According to the broadcaster, Yacoob doubted he could meet the three-month deadline in which to complete his investigation.

“It’s getting less and less feasible because I said three months 12 days ago, and 12 days have been lost already because in those 12 days we haven’t got the documents yet,” he told SAfm.

“So as time goes on the three-month time limit becomes less and less doable. The problem is if I can’t finish by the middle of October, I can start on this again only at the beginning of December; that’s the problem.”

In a statement at the end of July, the NPA said it had appointed Yacoob chairperson of a fact-finding committee to investigate allegations of the involvement of NPA employees in leaking information to the media and other parties.

The commission was authorised to enter any building occupied by any NPA employee and inspect and seize any documents, records and books related to the investigation.

In June, NPA integrity management unit head Prince Mokotedi was suspended after a document on former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was leaked to the media. Mokotedi denied leaking it.

A day before his suspension, The Star carried a report on the document, which recommended that Breytenbach be criminally charged for corruption, misconduct, conflict of interest, fraud and racketeering.

Breytenbach was accused of soliciting a loan of $1 million (about R11 million) from businessperson Nathan Kirsh, a complainant in two cases she was prosecuting. Breytenbach was also accused of accepting a R6.3 million donation from Kirsh through the FW de Klerk Foundation.

She left the NPA to join the Democratic Alliance as an MP.

Last Thursday, Mokotedi resigned after being served with a formal charge sheet. The NPA could not disclose what charges he faced.

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