KZN prosecutions boss replaced

2012-07-16 16:30
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Provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said Simphiwe Mlotshwa was replaced as acting KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions by Moipone Noko-Mashilo.

Reasons for the move were not immediately known.

The Witness newspaper reported on Monday that Mlotshwa was removed due to his persistence in prosecuting two KwaZulu-Natal politicians in the so-called "amigos" corruption case.

According to the Witness, both Mlotshwa and Noko-Mashilo attended a meeting at the NPA head office in Pretoria on Friday.

The City Press newspaper reported on Sunday that Noko-Mashilo was due to take over Mlotshwa's position on Monday. It reported that Mlotshwa’s removal was linked to his prosecutorial decisions in the case, including an arrest warrant for a high-profile politician that was never executed.

Mlotshwa could not be reached for comment on Monday and was said to be in meetings in Durban.

Noko-Mashilo advised Sapa to speak to Ramkisson and hung up.

The "amigos case" is a corruption matter involving Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi. Savoi's company Intaka allegedly paid bribes to ensure that a contract to supply water purifiers and oxygen generators to hospitals, at hugely inflated prices, went its way.

He will go on trial along with KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, former provincial health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, and former provincial treasury boss Sipho Shabalala. Shabalala allegedly received a R1m donation for the ANC.

The 25 accused are expected to go on trial on October 1.

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