NPA releases alleged robbers by mistake

2013-07-13 11:24

Two men accused of being part of a gang of robbers were mistakenly released after a miscommunication in the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) office.

The Saturday Star reported that a prosecutor misunderstood an instruction from a control prosecutor that led her to withdraw charges against Solly Mahlahlo and Morekgomo Stanley Phaahla.

The case was scheduled to be heard in the Pretoria North Regional Court.

Police spokesman Captain Jan Sepato told the paper they would have to issue Mahlahlo and Phaahla with a summons to appear in court as they did not escape from custody, but were released by officials.

The three witnesses in the case, Fanie Venter, Tiaan Strydom and Jeandre Visagie told the newspaper they feared for their lives as the men, who they positively identified in May 2011, could come after them.

NPA spokesman Medupe Simasuku told the Saturday Star that the error was an honest mistake that did not warrant disciplinary action.

“The instruction was given to the prosecutor in Afrikaans which is not her home language,” Simasuku was quoted as saying.

The two were allegedly part of a gang that attacked the witnesses and robbed them in Montana, Pretoria, in 2011.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.