Twenty-four prosecutors prosecuted

2011-08-25 22:25

Durban – Twenty-four prosecutors are being prosecuted for various crimes including murder and accepting bribes, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Thursday.

“We have 24 prosecutors who are being prosecuted. They face different [charges over] crimes such as murder and corruption,” said NPA national director Menzi Simelane.

Speaking at a lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College Campus, Simelane said it was sad that their own people were being prosecuted.

However he stressed that they represented a small number as there were over 400 prosecutors in South Africa.

He said prosecutors were being offered money by people facing criminal charges. “People offer you what you cannot afford. The amounts get higher when sophisticated people are involved,” he said.

The prosecutors were not only offered money but also expensive things such as cars and clothes.

NPA’s conviction rate very high

The lecture centred mainly on advising law students to do their work with integrity and to be ethical when they became lawyers and prosecutors.

The NPA’s conviction rate was very high, he said.

His comments came after KwaZulu-Natal SA Communist Party leader Themba Mthembu called for Simelane to be redeployed.

Mthembu reportedly said the record of the NPA had deteriorated into a situation far worse than that of Simelane’s predecessors.

Mthembu argued that since Simelane’s appointment, the NPA had failed to secure any major convictions and that it was in the media for the wrong reasons.

Responding to the accusations, Simelane said he did not agree with the SACP.

High profile cases

“I am happy that they have shown interest in what we do but I don’t agree with what they have said.”

The NPA had concluded many high profile cases, and he would welcome suggestions from anybody including the SACP.

Simelane said the KwaZulu-Natal head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, Knorx Molelle, would continue to be on suspension until he was satisfied that the allegations against him had been dealt with properly.

“We will make sure that the matter is dealt with. His suspension relates to the Intaka case. There were things that I was not satisfied with,” he said.

The Intaka corruption case involves high profile personalities including KwaZulu-Natal legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, the province’s Economic Development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, and Northern Cape ANC leader John Block.

  • Sit-hole - 2011-08-25 22:45

    :) So what does this tell you about the people of South Africa....yes.....anybody? A person who has endured years of studying & working to please, doesn't risk losing all they went through to get the job. Lack of integrity.

      frangelico - 2011-08-25 23:28

      Sit-hole,firstly they were given free university education,with all the perks(I DEEMANDD)got it.Secondly they are not fit to do the job that they supposedly trained for,they just passed for BEE & AA.they have peanuts for brains.They have this mistaken notion because we are white we got everything for free,(NOT SO).Many Worked in the day to afford their studies by night they PAID,yes PAID for their tuition. One of our finest examples are Prof Chris Barnard & his equily talentd brother Maruis(I had the honour of meeting Marius when he lived in Hermanus)Their family were dirt poor but they overcame their poverty & went on to become world renowned doctors.Even Nasa Used S.African products. It is unfortunate that these people will never prosper the culture of you owe me,will never go away,maybe if they go back to where they came from Central & Northern Africa then maybe they can reinvent the wheel. These people are as farsical as our estemed(HAHAHAHAHA)government

      Rolie - 2011-08-26 07:17

      Corruption is all that these people know - Look who's running the country, if you'll pardon the expression. They gamble with their carreers and are not very good at it and are so surprised when they get caught. Let's face it, there will be corruption as long as the cANCer is in power. Give white prosecutors a chance you racist SOB's.

      JohannV - 2011-08-26 08:18

      24 out of 400 a "small number"? Hell, that's 6%! WAAAAYYYY too many!

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-08-26 08:36

      @frangelico, serioulsy, how do you know that they were given a free tertiary education? is this a fact or is it simply a comment made from your emotion - being hate for the "other"? nowhere in the article does it state all the prosecutors being prosecuted are black, white, whatever.... @Rolie, you do realise that your comment is racist right? because you are making a gross generalisation based on race - racial profiling.

      mt.ubumbo - 2011-08-26 09:10

      @frangelico You have assumed that these people are black and got a free education.Based on what?The fact that they are corrupt?Who's ignorant now?

      Mixyez - 2011-08-26 09:49

      When you breed a climate of corruption, non accountability, entitlement, non prosecution then what can you expect? From the lowest worker to the educated person, they can see that the leaders can do much as they like with total impunity, so, why not me? We need to clean out from the top down. Break the dependence of the ruling party on the ANCYL, Cosatu and the SACP. Without these support pillars they would be toothless (wait they are that already) and have to redress all their current failings instead of buying votes with "free" everything.

      Colin - 2011-08-26 12:21

      24 out of 400 means 1 out of 16 is corrupt, only in africa

  • jochem - 2011-08-25 22:46

    Why are we not surprised? - 2011-08-26 08:06

      its really scary that we arent surprised by this. 'However he stressed that they represented a small number as there were over 400 prosecutors in South Africa' 1 is a small number, TWENTY FOUR is A LOT!! And those 24 were just the ones that got caught. Scary how this country is slowly becoming a dump

  • nkhadi - 2011-08-25 22:58

    there are people who fail to appreciate the job that they are working. they think they are the law because they prosecutors. guys stop corruption and start serving us.crime kills our country. you better rot in jail.

  • Bill - 2011-08-25 22:59

    Really pathetic people...!

  • Stuart McArthur - 2011-08-25 23:03

    Perfect storm

  • TSaR - 2011-08-25 23:14

    Never mind, I've just caught another one today for obstructing justice, resented my success, and the only jobhe di was sucking info out of his thumbs and presenting them as facts. I'll see him in court soon, and guess what, I'm gonna nail him

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-25 23:22

    Background checks can prevent these type of incidents!!

      dotty_01 - 2011-08-26 07:03

      no, appointing people based on ABILITY can prevent these things from happening. unfortunately the skin colour of these people was likely to be the only deciding factor when they got accepted into the universities and when they were appointed into the current roles.

      Zondo - 2011-08-26 09:15

      dotty...Ure absolutely a moron! I wonder how you got your job?? your skin colour maybe? Ur obsession with race is clouding your judgement?? How do you know what colour they are???

  • Jabulaniboy - 2011-08-26 03:11

    WHY.. Prosecute ??? it is the name of the South African game being played by all in power.

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-26 05:33

    What do you expect when the leading herd boy has a std 3 ? AND HE EES DE KLEVA WHUN !!

  • dotty_01 - 2011-08-26 06:59

    how absolutely amazing. but, none of this surprises me anymore - when the 'new' regime is intent on filling vacancies and student positions with colour as opposed to ability, of course this type of thing will occur.

      Zondo - 2011-08-26 09:19

      How do you freaken know what colour they are DOTTY????

  • Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-08-26 07:04

    Pathetic bunch of Steelwool Pilots !!!!!!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 11:18

      That's a new one

  • Garry - 2011-08-26 07:09

    So South AFrican since 1994, thanks to the ANC

      Zondo - 2011-08-26 09:21

      Do we really need to compare it with the criminal justice system during the apartheid regime??? we all know who it was favouring right???

  • legens - 2011-08-26 07:10

    "when more sophisticated people are involved" what does this imply? the prosecutors are to doff and should not have been appointed in the first place .@#$% stupid and thieves .the african way.

  • Andre - 2011-08-26 07:32

    What is new. They follow the leader!!

  • daaivark - 2011-08-26 07:49

    "a small number as there were over 400 prosecutors in South Africa" - That's 6%! Not small by any means, and one corrupt prosecutor is one too many. I will NOT get onto a racist bandwagon here, but will remark that it is tragic that the quality of leadership shown by our senior politicians is clearly so appalling that the rot even affects the judiciary at grassroots level. Is this the liberty we fought for? To be over-whelmed by a bunch of corrupt lawmakers and enforcers. This really harks back to the beginnings of Nazi Germany.

      legens - 2011-08-26 08:15

      and these are the dumbest of the dumb that were caught . imagine how well those a little more "sophisticated "are doing for themselves?

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-08-26 08:39

      i commend you Daaivark, you are not a small minded individual who reduces everything to race. those people, black or white, are simply STUPID and petty.

  • baudtin1 - 2011-08-26 07:58

    Small Number????? 5% !!!!!

  • Hangman - 2011-08-26 08:06

    Lets see if I got this right, 5% of prosecutors "that they know about" are criminals or corrupt and this he considers a small number. Wonder what constitutes a problem?

      daaivark - 2011-08-26 08:26

      Inability to use a calculator, perhaps?

  • SirMark - 2011-08-26 08:07

    just another day in SA ..... the ANC has so much to be proud of .

  • Mart - 2011-08-26 08:08

    6% of prosecutors is not an insignificant number Simelane, 0,1% may be. It is that attitude, and your failure to acknowledge that you are ultimately responsible for the people appointed to these positions, that is patently the problem. What chance does society have. We the people of this country demand that you clean up your act and your patch, or resign and let someone who is willing to pro-actively rid your department of bad eggs take over. This statement applies to each and every director of any department in government or quasi-government. You are servants of the people so I must repeat 'get rid of bad eggs and dead wood'. The time to start saving this country is now

  • GDR - 2011-08-26 08:21

    Go and check this out,it is excellent.

  • Ollie - 2011-08-26 08:39

    WTF ?? Are 6% of judges also criminals ?

  • zackie - 2011-08-26 08:50

    these "prosecutors" bought there degrees govt has no clue on who is has on it's payroll

  • SirMark - 2011-08-26 09:08

    what is the chance that all these clowns are BEE ,EE or AA employees ?

  • tailormade - 2011-08-26 09:15

    Firstly, these are the cases that were identified and found to be worth prosecuting. This means that the figure is AT LEAST 5%. AT LEAST 5% of public prosecutors are guilty of accepting bribes etc. I don't think that this is an acceptable figure Mr. Simelane & it shouldn't be downplayed. It reminds me of the politician that said: "Given the size of our GDP, the amount of corruption in our country isn't that bad...." Mediocrity is an infectious disease......

  • george60 - 2011-08-26 10:13

    Seems most are rotten from the inside out, such a true pattern set by the first comrades in 1994? Started with the weapon scandal that is closely guarded by the ANC. Well it seems we have to live with it, strange not written in the constitution but will soon be? Freedom of the press will be blocked soon, transparency is an embarrassment what happens in the goverment is not our business. ANC comrades that are founded guilty for corruption and sentenced by the courts are still free with suspended leave for indefinitely with full salary?

  • Collitjies - 2011-08-26 10:17

    Only 24, what about the rest or are they "royal game". The whole justice system is corrupt. A reasonable incentive (bribe) and just about anybody would be declared innocent.

  • mac-sdi - 2011-08-26 16:36

    Are thy still being paid?

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