Crime unit changes on ice - NPA

2010-05-07 21:17

Cape Town - Any proposed changes to the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) are part of a "draft plan" only, and currently "on ice", the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday.

"All changes are on hold, as was announced by (Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe). It was agreed to hold back on these changes," NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke told Sapa.

She was responding to questions about a media report that the SCCU had been "totally dismantled", and its name changed to the Commercial Crime Component from April 1 this year.

However, any proposed changes to the SCCU were part of a draft plan only.

"Now is not a good time to talk about it officially... The minister has said let's put everything on ice," Makeke said, declining to speak further on the matter.

Earlier on Friday, the Mail & Guardian newspaper, citing well-placed sources, said SCCU head - advocate Chris Jordaan SC - had been "removed and redeployed".

Further, that the unit's regional office "now report to their provincial directorates of public prosecution", and that the SCCU had been split into two components, one dealing with complex commercial crime and the other with "run-of-the-mill" cases.

On the NPA's website on Friday, clicking on the SCCU under the heading "NPA business units" opened only a blank page. Information on other units listed, such as the Assets Forfeiture Unit, was still available.