Jub Jub chief prosecutor not relieved of duties, says NPA

2010-03-26 10:18

THE chief state prosecutor presiding in the “Jub Jub” court case

was not relieved of his duties “he was reassigned”, the National Prosecuting

Authority (NPA) said on Friday.

“The NPA is in a process of implementing a restructuring with an

objective of improving our court work by reassigning senior prosecutors to do it

and so far this has happened in KwaZulu-Natal, north and south Gauteng,” said

spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

He said the purpose was to ensure that courts had experienced,

competent prosecutors to improve court statistics and deal with backlogs.

“This has nothing to do with the Jub Jub case and the national

director never interfered in that matter as we allowed prosecutors to deal with

it as they deemed fit,” explained Mhaga.

He was responding to a report in the Beeld newspaper that

prosecutor André (Lampies) Lambrecht was relieved of his duties after he refused

to execute the orders of NPA head Menzi Simelane.

The orders were that he should not contest bail for the musician

Jub Jub and he was given the order three times, the publication said. Last

Friday, magistrate André Auret granted bail of R10 000 to hip-hop artist Molemo

“Jub Jub” Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

The two face murder charges after an alleged dragrace resulted in

the death of four schoolboys in Soweto.

The court case has been marred by violent angry protests by

students and residents.

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