NPA ‘will charge’ its suspended head of integrity

2014-08-07 09:40

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Formal charges will be served on Prince Mokotedi, the suspended head of the NPA integrity management unit, today.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube confirmed that the charges will be served on Mokotedi “through an arrangement with him”.

Mncube would not disclose what the charges were but The New Age reported that they were disciplinary charges and for “bringing the NPA into disrepute”.

“You know I cannot give you the details because he has to know first, before everyone else does.”

Mncube also confirmed that Mokotedi had not yet resigned despite his publicly stated intention to do so.

“No, he has not resigned. He publicly went on radio and spoke of his imminent resignation, but he has not submitted a letter of resignation.”

Last week, it was reported that Mokotedi told the NPA he intended resigning on August 1.

In June, Mokotedi was suspended after an integrity management unit document on former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was leaked to the media. Mokotedi has 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 towards legal fees in her labour dispute with the NPA.

In April 2012, Breytenbach was suspended from the NPA and faced a lengthy disciplinary hearing on 15 charges, which included failing to act impartially while investigating the Kumba Iron Ore Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights issue.

She was accused of “improper relations” with Sishen’s lawyer Mike Hellens.

Breytenbach countered that this was related to her opposition to a decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

In May last year, a NPA disciplinary hearing found her not guilty on all the charges and she was allowed to return to work, only to find she was to be transferred.

In the Labour Court, Breytenbach unsuccessfully applied to have her transfer overturned.

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

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