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NPA disputes Dave King's letter

2011-07-20 20:22

Johannesburg - The NPA on Tuesday disputed claims made by businessman Dave King against its asset forfeiture unit head, Willie Hofmeyr.

"His letter does not correctly record the facts and it is false and misleading in numerous respects," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in response to an open letter by King to Hofmeyr.

NPA head Menzi Simelane has referred a corruption complaint from King regarding Hofmeyr to the police for investigation.

A Sunday Times report on it quoted two sources as saying it was part of an attempt to shut the AFU down.

In the letter, among King's complaints, were allegations that the NPA offered him the option of paying a fine of R200m and not go to jail for tax irregularity charges, or of paying no fine but pleading guilty to fraud.

Mhaga said the terms of any discussions between King and the tax authorities were protected by a court interdict, which King was allegedly violating by discussing them in public.

This would be referred to the "appropriate authorities".

'Glib'

He said King was identified as "N" when he testified at tax xourt and the commissioner and assessors hearing the case called him a "glib and shameless liar".

Mhaga said they could not comment on the content of the plea and sentence negotiations with King, but would say that decisions were not taken by Hofmeyr alone, but by the NPA executive committee.

Finally, King's statement that he would have no penalty if he committed fraud but would pay a severe penalty if he did not, is wrong, Mhaga said.

"As he knows many of the charges he faced provide for a minimum period of imprisonment of 15 years."

Following the Sunday Times report, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe would meet Hofmeyr and Simelane to get to the bottom of apparent tensions between them.

Hofmeyr was also accused of allegedly violating tender procedures for office refurbishment.

He has welcomed an independent investigation into the allegations, and did not mind if the police investigated him.

Comments
  • v3 - 2011-07-20 20:49

    Simelane was chosen for placing loyalty to the ANC above loyalty to the country or oath of office. Who can believe him? Hofmeyr was part of the clique that perverted justice in order to allow Jacob Zuma to evade justice. Who can believe him? King is at least entitled to the benefit of the doubt because, to quote numerous ANC apologists, he is innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Ask Jacob 783.

  • cliffarc - 2011-07-20 21:08

    - This Dave King is a shady character. I would'nt believe a word he utters.

      bapsfontein1 - 2011-08-02 20:54

      His middle name is Cunningham....very Cunning lol.

  • Spade - 2011-07-20 21:12

    It is to be expected that the champions in the fight against corruption will themselves become targets, thanks to the likes of our beloved President himself - a man who has fearlessly dipped his own hands into the cookie jar it would seem, and who has with steely resolve supported the likes of Schaik. Then there is the little matter of blood on his hands during the so-called "missing years"...

  • Badballie - 2011-07-21 11:49

    "His letter does not correctly record the facts and it is false and misleading in numerous respects," none of which is on its own valid as a reason not to investigate, even if Mr. King is only right on one charge it must still be investigated and subjected to due process and trail. IT is also Mr. Kings right as a defendant to be considered innocent until PROVEN guilty, which means the NPA must prove beyond doubt that he is wrong by proving due process and legality were upheld. the terms of any discussions between King and the tax authorities were protected by a court interdict, which King was allegedly violating by discussing them in public. - this on the other hand as we have all learn't is just a ploy used by government to allow them to maneuver outside the law. Also any confidentiality clause is null and void in terms of the current right to information clauses, If always amazes me how those in power subvert the law and actively use selective memory when implementing it. although of course on the NPA's side one must always remember that the police and prosecuting authority's are legally allowed to lie to you, and in general act outside what is considered fair in order to obtain a conviction

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