Mokotedi leaves NPA in the hands of ‘the Zille faction’

2014-08-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) is being controlled by a “Zille faction” since the Scorpions started a political campaign against the ANC.

This is the accusation Prince Mokotedi, suspended head of the NPA’s integrity management unit, made yesterday on 702 Talk Radio on the eve of his resignation today.

Mokotedi also made serious allegations against several senior members of the NPA. He said deputy NPA head Willie Hofmeyr heads the Zille faction, which he said included former state prosecutor and now DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach as well as top state prosecutor advocate Gerrie Nel and NPA CEO Karen van Rensburg. Mokotedi said he has been hunted for the past six years by Hofmeyr and Nel and he has decided to move on after almost a decade with the NPA to become a church minister.

Mokotedi’s resignation comes amid serious division and allegations of political interference in the NPA.

Mokotedi was suspended six weeks ago from the NPA because he allegedly leaked a report against Breytenbach.

He also clashed with NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana when he reportedly wanted to investigate Nxasana.

“Everyone talks about the Zuma camp, but no one talks about the Zille camp that governs and manages the NPA.”

In 2004 and 2005, Mokotedi was the chief investigator of allegations that senior members in the Scorpions were involved in fraud concerning the NPA’s secret fund to pay sources for information. When the Scorpions disbanded, several of the unit’s members started working for the NPA.

Mokotedi alleged this is one of the reasons why the faction is hunting him.

“I had to investigate Gerrie Nel. Since then is a sort of whiplash from all sides — so I am really tired,” he said.

Mokotedi also alleged:

• the Zille faction heads a political campaign against the ANC from inside the NPA;

• Hofmeyr had a list of 160 senior ANC members who were targeted by the faction;

• Nel had a rhino horn in his office which “disappeared”, but no one dared to investigate him because he and the Zille camp are too powerful.

• The NPA is reviewing the Jackie Selebi case.

Zille dismissed Mokotedi’s allegations as absolute and total nonsense.

“The DA believes in the absolute independence of the NPA and it is absolutely far-fetched to suggest that we will ever have a party political faction in a state institution.”

Regarding the Selebi case allegation, NPA spokesperson Nathi Ncube said the case is not being reviewed, although there is a 2011 internal investigation into an allegation that the NPA’s prosecutors did not handle the case ethically.

Ncube said the NPA may comment at a later stage on Mokotedi’s other allegations.

Hofmeyr and Nel did not react to requests for comment.

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