NPA defends prosecutor move

2010-03-30 14:27
Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) defended its plans to send senior prosecutors to lower courts, saying on Tuesday this was part of a plan to boost struggling lower courts.

"The fact of the matter is that the changes to prosecutor allocation and redeployment of senior prosecutors to courts, especially in the lower courts, is in support of the strategy to address the dearth of skills in the organisation, and redistributing resources where they are needed most," the authority said.

At least one of the 14 prosecutors, chief state prosecutor Andre Lambrecht, intends challenging his move from a managerial position to a lower court, feeling that it coincided with his refusal not to oppose bail in musician Jub Jub's drunken driving case.

He is also aggrieved that the move was very sudden and plans to ask for his old job back.

Strategic Plan

However, the NPA insists that the reshuffle is part of its "Strategic Plan for 2010 - 2015", which is being finalised for submission to the Minister of Justice & Constitutional Development, and to Parliament.

The document will outline challenges like the resourcing of the lower courts, regarded as a "real threat" to service delivery in the courts.

The NPA feels that senior prosecutors' skills would be better used in the lower courts, where most crimes are heard, and cases are led by mainly inexperienced prosecutors, instead of them doing administrative work.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions has asked directors of public prosecutions to identify courts that need such a boost, as well as experienced prosecutors, including directors, who can be redeployed.

"These are prosecutors - their duty and obligation to the country is to institute criminal proceedings in court, and to handle any other work incidental thereto."

Not demotions

The authority denied that these were demotions, and said people who felt that way believed they could better serve the prosecutions service "sitting in their offices dealing with administrative matters".

"However, that cannot work for the organisation - the skills of prosecutors are best utilised and serve the country the most, in court."

The plan will also take into account transformation issues like racial demographics, to address past imbalances.

But the African Christian Democratic Party said NDPP Menzi Simelane must explain himself, suggesting that some of the redeployments could be for revenge.

They pointed out that Mutuwa Nengovhela, was part of the prosecution team in the rape trial of President Jacob Zuma.

He was a deputy director at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg and was moved the Family Court.

"This decision smacks of revenge and requires an explanation," said ACDP MP Steve Swart.

Zuma was acquitted in that case.


A report in The Star suggested that the bid not to oppose bail for Jub Jub could be linked to his campaigning for the ruling ANC during last year's election.

It also felt that the move would be a blow for prosecutors, already reeling from the disbanding of the Scorpions last year, which had their own unit of investigating prosecutors.

The disbanding of the Scorpions was regarded by some observers as a response to their pursuit of Zuma on corruption charges.

That case was abandoned shortly before Zuma became president.

Read more on:    npa  |  jub jub case

Read News24’s Comments Policy


Inside News24


Climbing the world’s largest stone arch

For the first time ever, a rock climber conquered the biggest stone arch in the world.


Where were you when you last felt alive?

Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now! - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.