News24

Hofmeyr ‘could become ANC victim’

2011-07-20 10:57

Cape Town - Tension and distrust between advocate Menzi Simelane and Willie Hofmeyr has apparently reached breaking point and will be brought to a head at a meeting with the justice minister.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe’s spokesperson Tlali Tlali confirmed on Tuesday that a meeting had been set to prevent this discord from harming the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Simelane, national director of public prosecutions, and Hofmeyr, the head of the NPA’s asset forfeiture unit, have never seen eye to eye.

Their relationship deteriorated further when Simelane started to restructure the NPA’s speciality units.

Corruption charges


The tension increased after revelations that the Hawks, the police’s elite investigations unit, was investigating another charge of corruption against Hofmeyr.

The first charge relates to the alleged contravention of acquisition procedures, and a decision on the matter is pending.

The second relates to a plea bargain agreement that the NPA made in 2009 with controversial businessman Dave King.

King, who was accused of tax evasion, claimed in an open letter on Tuesday that Hofmeyr had misused his power by demanding that King either pay R200m to the asset forfeiture unit or admit guilt to serious charges of fraud.

“I was shocked when Hofmeyr put these demands to me. When I refused, the plea agreement fell away. I realise these are serious allegations I’m making against Hofmeyr but I’m on record as saying this. Let him deny it. He knows he can’t.”

Hofmeyr on Tuesday maintained he had done nothing wrong and that a senior advocate agreed with him that there were no merits to King’s charge.

Political pressure

Several sources were informed on Tuesday that political pressure to remove Hofmeyr was increasing as the asset forfeiture unit and the special investigating unit - of which he was also the head - implicated highly-placed individuals.

Simelane is the one tasked with neutralising Hofmeyr. The outcome of certain investigations could damage influential politicians’ careers and this had to be prevented, explained a senior figure of authority.

According to him, it was clear to officials that the NPA was also being used as a place to decide ANC faction fights. “Hofmeyr comes from the ANC but he could become an ANC victim.”
 

Comments
  • Notbuyinface - 2011-07-20 11:09

    Rubbish article, nameless sources, thats when media is used by some factions to sow seeds of division in persue of ill agendas. The media must stop making the news but report them.

      DW - 2011-07-20 14:39

      Notbuyin - sources are often nameless in the media. That is actually acceptable practise. Doesnt mean that what they are reporting is not the truth. Dont shoot the messenger. You might come across as more credible if you took what they say seriously enough to say it might warrant an investigation. If they prove to be wrong, you can always point that out, couldnt you. But to just deny it because they are making allegations about your heroes does not make you right and them wrong. There is a history here that HAS been proven (of corruption and coverups by the ANC) - so I am more inclined to believe the media.

      Charles Kane - 2011-07-20 15:06

      Notbuyinface, what remarkably dimwitted observations you make.

      Nunya - 2011-07-20 16:31

      Stupid white ANC buttlicker....getting what you deserve, they don't care about you whiteboy.

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-20 11:11

    Hell everyone is the victim of the ANC. look at aspects of poor service delivery and corruption that is putting our country in turmoil. We should look beyond race and vote for a party that will deliver on their promises. Regardless of race.

      cbu.maccutha - 2011-07-20 11:24

      couldn`t agree with you more

      cliffarc - 2011-07-20 11:35

      - The cases of corruption and investigations are going to drown and bankcrupt this country. It's no wonder there's no governance going on.

      lenand40 - 2011-07-20 14:07

      Hofmeyr is a member of the ANC. If you think he has done a good job, then surely you would have voted for the ANC.

      Charles Kane - 2011-07-20 15:08

      Hofmeyr has so far done a stellar job. Not everyone in the ANC is a shameless opportunist.

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 11:13

    This is just a speculative news piece aimed at tarnishing the ANC's name. Now lets see the Anti ANC reaction from News 24 bloggers............

      Shadoz - 2011-07-20 11:20

      The ANC's name is already tarnished and they have done that all by themselves. blind people like you are simply blind to the fact. Maybe one day when they have taken everything from you including your freedom you will wake up. Stop blaming whites for your and your goverments stupidity.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 11:26

      Who said anything about white people dommy? The fact that if I don't share your views I'm blind according to you means you are the main threat to my freedom and I should never vote for anyone who share your sentiments.

      Explore.@24.com - 2011-07-20 11:28

      There appear to be a few energy saving bulbs on this xmas tree so let me spell it out for you. Hofmeyers functions is to track down and expose the corrupt. Similanes function is to protect the corrupt. See...its not too difficult is it!

      Shadoz - 2011-07-20 11:34

      @Explore looks like he was doing his job to well. Dont think the ANC like him getting to close to there gravy train.

      Peter - 2011-07-20 11:40

      Why is this article tarnishing the ANC's image? Willie Hofmeyer was a political activist in his day and was arrested a number of times for supporting the ANC and activism.So clearly you dont know much about 'your anc".This is a power struggle between a well respected man and an a Zumalite incompetent called Menzi Simelane who will be gone when the new president takes over...bet on it.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 13:29

      LOL! trolling again? Nobody needs to tarnish the cANCer, they do an excellent job of it all on there own! Just look at you and your ignorant comments.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 13:31

      @Peter, the general problem with myancmyfutur is that they only see colour, it has nothing to do with being a cANCer supporter or activist, it has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE COLOUR OF THE SKIN. He is white, he has found corruption, he is now a target. He is too pale to be a member of the gravy train.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 13:36

      @ Other Justin, who is trolling? Did you read all the comments or you just picked and chose what suited you best. There's nothing wrong with differing in views or opinions but what is saddening are idiots like you who potray everyone who doesn't share your views as stupid, Grow up

      DW - 2011-07-20 14:43

      myancmyfutur - Dont shoot the messenger. You might come across as more credible if you took what they say seriously enough to say it might warrant an investigation. If they prove to be wrong, you can always point that out, couldnt you. But to just deny it because they are making allegations about your heroes does not make you right and them wrong. There is a history here that HAS been proven (of corruption and coverups by the ANC) - so I am more inclined to believe the media.

      Charles Kane - 2011-07-20 15:12

      @myancmyfutur, You are always posting but you never SAY anything. I am starting to think you are just a piece of software that automatically issues generic blanket defenses in defense of the ANC whenever it is mentioned in a news story. That or just another empty vessel.

  • tdk25 - 2011-07-20 11:17

    He is already

  • AndrewM39@24.com - 2011-07-20 11:27

    Another step in the progress to a banana republic where mob rules apply and politicians dictate to all and sundry. Any bets on the demise of Willie Hofmeyr as he is too white ??

  • Ichabod - 2011-07-20 11:29

    1st anti ANC reaction from News24 blogger - Simelane is a Zuma puppet, put in charge of the NPA as a reward for supporting Zuma and also to ensure all corruption charges against Zuma were dismissed. His job is to make sure that ANC top brass do not get caught stealing and therefore ethical individuals like Hofmeyr are to be alienated. The ANC's longevity depends on it being able to fill powerful positions with corrupt people to ensure it's prolonged sleazy existence.

  • GT - 2011-07-20 11:41

    Aloota continua Simelane is a about as far as you get from an prosecutorial independence - just look at the Ginwala evidence.

  • Brian Smith - 2011-07-20 11:45

    First Wk\llem Heath and now Hofmeyer (notice both whites) fighting corruption and lack of integrety being sidelined so that some other corrupt ANC cadre can be appointed who won't dig into the corrupt practices of the ANC. Pity they cannot appoint people like Picoli or his predecessor who like wise were victims of the ANC and their corrupt cronies!!!

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 12:13

      Mr Brian Smith, you specify that the Heath and Hofmeyer were white in order to potray whites as victims and then you mention Pikoli and predecessor (Ngcuka I presume) later on your statement but you forget to mention that they were black. So this means on your your conspiracy theory lacks substance I humbly request you to withdraw it.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 13:47

      myancmyfutur - trollin' trollin' trollin'

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 13:59

      @ Other Justin, did you read Brian Smith's post, you're more stupid than I thought

      AZB - 2011-07-20 14:18

      myancmyfutur you say Brian's theory is firstly a conspiracy theory and secondly without substance - just because he did not mention that Pikoli & Ngcuka are of black origin. That's a real clever deduction you made. But you cannot get past the fact that its true.

      DW - 2011-07-20 14:46

      Brian, everything you said was true, but then you had to go and throw in the racist comment (the race of Heath and Hofmeyer are totally irrelevant) and spoil it - giving ammunition to trolls like myancmyfutur. Leave race out of it. The corruption is what is important and should be highlighted

      Charles Kane - 2011-07-20 15:14

      Ja Brian, bringing race into this just defeats your points entirely. Anyway, if you MUST speak in term of race, most victims of the ANC power struggles and corruption are black.

  • Cire - 2011-07-20 11:47

    Another reminder to ANC groupies to use a long spoon when you sup with the devil.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-20 11:48

    Dog eats dog, again. The anc is DESPERATE! Ha! Ha! Vote DA in the next elections! Get rid of the lot! They are doing the country a lot of harm.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 12:14

      Nw this is ending up into a DA campaign trail

      Bones - 2011-07-20 13:14

      @ myancer - Of course it is. Idiots like you have to be taught from scratch about honesty and integrity. Bloody sheep.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 13:39

      @Bones, there you go, now for differing with you I'm an idiot, how do you know the way I'm earning a living or by the fact that I share different views to yours that means I must be corrupt?

      Bones - 2011-07-20 13:48

      You support corruption by supporting the corrupt. Hello? 1+1=2 remember?

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-20 11:49

    The country is a victim of the anc! Just add to the list! 1/

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-20 11:54

    The whole country is a victim of the anc! Just add to the list..... 1/ Education - destroyed! 2/ Defense spending - Corruption! 3/ Roads - potholes, potholes, potholes! 4/ Industry On the skids! 5/ Unions - reponsible for untold unemployment! Elitist clubs of the employed! 6/ Racism - more now than in 95! Due to anc ethnic cleansing. 7/ Crime!!!! - endemic due to anc stuff-up policy! Add Add Solve that lot by voting for the DA in the next elections.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 12:22

      1. Education destroyed- But its better than the Bantu education we got 2. Defense spending: Bring the apartheid records and we can draw comparison 3. Roads: Potholes-But in our villages and townships we got more since 94 4. Industry on the skids-That's just a sweeping statement 5. Unions-Rights of workers more protected including farm workers but a lot still needs to be done. I would personally prefer that the education sector and police be de-unionised 6. Racism-This depends on which area you live, there are still places in SA where blacks are still considered sub-human. 7. Crime-That's just a baseless statement which am not sure if it aims to suggest that areas where the ANC is not governing are crime free. You also need to be specific as to what type of crime you're referring to.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-20 13:41

      @ Bones, I can't respond to that but I will just report the comment as hate speech.

      Bones - 2011-07-20 13:49

      No hate speech uncle, just truth. That thing that the Anc does not know.

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 14:02

      @myancmyfutur 1. Education, that is idiot thinking. When the cANCer took over they inherited one of the best and prestigious education systems in the world, with the exception of the Bantu education system, all they had to do was keep it running, nothing more. 2. Defense spending under apartheid, went to defense, FACT. We not only developed our own hardware, but we became one of the most technologically advanced military country in the world. FACT. 3. True, there was no infrastructure in the 'black' areas, there is definately more now. The problem is now the maintenance of ALL of the road network. There are serious problems here. FACT. 4. I agree, but during apartheid industrialisation and industry was a priority and lots of time and money was poured into it by the state, hence your Mital (ISCOR), Telkom, Eskom and Sasol. They were world class companies that today with a few exceptions are completely plagued with corruption and mismanagement. 5. The labour laws are too constricting, hence the job losses and unemployment, FACT. There needs to be protection for employees, but this needs to be tempered with the need to create jobs, which will only happen with a weakening of labour laws. 6. Strange you say that, the black people in this country are the majority, I am white and I personally feel unwelcome in my own country, the whole country. 7. Almost ALL crime is out of control. There is no other way to look at it. FACT. Don't take my word for anything I've said, LOOK IT UP!

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 14:06

      @myancmyfutur, also when concerning crime, remember that crime control policy is a national concern, not regional. Regional SAPS answer not to the premiers of provinces, but to the national level SAPS. Orders etc come from national level to provincial level then get given to regional level.

  • Slapper - 2011-07-20 11:55

    Buck the ANC, or expose them for the criminals that they are and you will get nailed. We have witnessed this time and time again, ever since they came to power.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-07-20 11:57

    Next Hofmeyr will join COPE. Hope more see the light and go to the DA or COPE.

  • Coconut - 2011-07-20 12:00

    Willie Hofmeyr is a WHITE MAN within the cANCer party and as a result his days were number from the VERY beginning. How stupid was he not to join the cANCer and think he would be welcome. The same goes for KORTBROEK the a##hole. Once he has served his purpose he will also be given the bullet.

      meltie@24.com - 2011-07-20 13:30

      @ Coconut, In Afrikaans we call it " Hond eet hond!!!"

  • Ann - 2011-07-20 12:01

    This is a very sad state of affairs, particularly in the light of Willie Hoffmeyr's support of the ANC during the struggle years. But once more, I guess he is the wrong colour and as such is very much in a precarious position. The allegations seem baseless, particularly in the light of Dave King's finger pointing claims. He is guilty of evading tax and as we all know, the best form of defence is attack. Good luck to Willie Hoffmeyr - hang in there and do not be intimidated by the bullying of the ANC.

  • jjhvan - 2011-07-20 12:10

    If he gets fired, he should go and work at the World Court in The Hague and investigate the ANC government under their banner.

  • erazor - 2011-07-20 12:13

    This is exactly why Simelane was seen as an inappropriate appointment: not independent, a sevant of the ANC not of South Africa. We are ruled by a gang of criminals. What have we gained by replacing one gang of criminal thugs (Afrikaner nationalists) with another gang of criminal thugs (African nationalists)?

      erazor - 2011-07-20 12:35

      I don't know, thetruth, you tell me. I suspect you're implying that I'm English. Not that it's relevant to anything, but I have NO English ancestors. Are you also implying that because we have been ruled by various criminals in the past that excuses the current gang of criminals? If so, very sad how low your aspirations are.

      YBNS - 2011-07-20 13:45

      The criminals are the journalists and DA, they making up stories just to turnish the ANC because they called for media tribunal law. Erazor, these people are feeding you lies! Stop reading news paper or you will have an heart attack or strock!

      erazor - 2011-07-20 13:55

      @ thetruth. Hahaha. Very quick to delete your comment when you are exposed to THE TRUTH!

      Other Justin - 2011-07-20 14:10

      @thetruth - you are a sad little cANCer sheep, aren't you. Your rantings are just that, rantings by a brainwashed sheep. What does the English have to do with SA and the cANCer? You are completely deluded.

      Beachboy - 2011-07-20 14:25

      @YBNS - You may 'turnish' the ANC, but please don't have "an strock"!!!! If I could have R1.00 for every grammatical error in ALL the News24 comments I could also build a R16 million home like Julias is NOT building!!!!!

  • gatvol. - 2011-07-20 12:28

    all these big guys are not to be trusted. black. white, indian, coloureds, chinese they all not to be trusted. look what they did with the drivers licences, only to learn that some friend's company won the tender. i wonder who won the tender to design and manufacture the new SAPS logo eppulates and flashers. this is similar to looting. the SAPS logo was fantastic i dont understand why the change.

  • pietie - 2011-07-20 12:48

    Our hard earned money is being looted by the billions. Our mothers and daughters are being raped. Our people are being brutilised and murdered. Our futures are being destroyed. When are we going to stop talking and take action? I can't do this alone. But if we stand together....

  • p123 - 2011-07-20 13:13

    FU%k the corrupt ANC (Absolute National Corruption)

  • Other Justin - 2011-07-20 13:27

    What, Hofmeyr become a victim of the cANCer? What, you mean like every other South African, even the very cANCer supporters themselves? VIVA AMAUSELESS VIVA!

  • YBNS - 2011-07-20 13:39

    let me see this, King reports Hofmeyr to the NPA conclusion ANC is behind this, genuis. Who's actual responsible for assessment and grading the journalists?

  • WhiteGuiltObviously - 2011-07-20 13:39

    Wate of my time, I wish it was about Steve Hoffmeyor, now that kids a lag

  • Stanley Black - 2011-07-20 13:41

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. www.WeCanDoBetter.co.za is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • letsee - 2011-07-20 13:55

    Anyone who gathers evidence against ANC members will pay the price. South Africa is ANC owned territory.

      50something - 2011-07-20 14:26

      ... and moving towards a dicatorship.

  • Ann - 2011-07-20 14:25

    @ myancmyfutur - by the way you obviously can't spell - there is an "e" at the end of future. Just in case you missed my other post on the Helderberg site - Willie Hoffmeyr was actually jailed numerous times for standing up for the ANC. Hence I reiterate (that means repeat, just in case you didn't know) get to know your ANC's history before you make inane (silly/unintelligent) comments online before you know a bit more! He is doing his job (which is more than I can say for many of your comrades) who are just sitting back doing diddly squat!

  • Frank - 2011-07-20 14:52

    The ANC is so good at staying loyal to the party, except when it comes to race, then age old prejudices come in. Nevermind. These people are only concerned with justice in our land.

  • simodi - 2011-07-20 15:55

    I m so concerd about the young boeremag article why this news24 didn't cover it,

  • Delta Roger - 2011-07-20 18:34

    Hofmeyr will now see the foolishness of supporting the ANC.He will be axed if he doesn't toe the ANC line, ie. do as I say, look the other way when I have my fingers in the cookie jar. The Hawks investigation for the reason indicated is ludicrous.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-20 19:09

    What a wonderful country South Africa will be if we can wake up one morning and find the ANC...GONE! All the lies, stealing,false promises,arrogance,nepotism,corruption,disrespect,racism...GONE!

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-20 19:10

    What a wonderful country South Africa will be if we can wake up one morning and find the ANC...GONE! All the lies, stealing,false promises,arrogance,nepotism,corruption,disrespect,racism...GONE!

  • Dries - 2011-07-22 19:23

    Hofmeyer, tell me, did you really trust the new Dingane and his impis? See their war dance now, boet. Watch your six.

  • mawe66 - 2011-07-24 03:59

    zuma reduced our country to a ZULU REPUBLIC(look into his cabinet appoitment)now CELE AND PUPPET SIMELANE are reducing it to a BANANA REPUBLIC (as VAVI keeps on warning them).you can't do whatever you like with our country.our skin is running thin with what you are doingto it....

  • Cire - 2011-09-28 10:38

    Hofmeyr is just an ANC poodle - maybe he will realize this some day!

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