JubJub bail: man dumped

2010-03-27 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — A chief state prosecutor has been relieved of his duties after he refused to execute the orders of Menzi Simelane, head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), not to oppose bail for musician Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye.

André Lambrecht (60), chief state prosecutor of the West Rand, was given the order three times.

Gladstone Maema, acting director of public prosecution (DPP) in Gauteng, phoned Lambrecht twice to say Simelane had given the order. Maema repeated the order to Lambrecht a third time in person.

Lambrecht refused to execute the order unless he received it in writing, which he did not.

Last Friday, Maarohanye was granted bail of R10 000. The hip-hop star is facing murder charges after an alleged car race ended in a crash that killed four schoolboys.

Maema gave Lambrecht a letter on Tuesday relieving him of his managerial duties, leaving him to work as a prosecutor in court. No reasons were given.

Lambrecht has been chief state prosecutor of the West Rand for 10 years.

Magistrate Gert Jonker, chief magistrate of Johannesburg, said of the issue: “I’m shocked. He was an extremely capable chief prosecutor.”

Manie de Clercq, deputy head manager of the Public Servants’ Association, said the case has been reported to the civil service union, which will support him.

However, Maema, while admitting he spoke to Lamprecht about bail in the Jub Jub case, said the move is not related to that, but is part of a long-standing plan to move expert prosecutors to the lower courts, where he said their expertise is needed.

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