NPA declines to comment on Mokotedi Mpshe sex claims

2014-08-01 11:20

The National Prosecuting Authority has declined to comment on a report regarding its former head Mokotedi Mpshe’s alleged affair with a colleague that rendered him vulnerable to blackmail.

“Mpshe doesn’t work here so I can’t comment on anything dealing with him,” NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube said today.

“If you want a comment you should go to him. I can’t comment on his behalf.”

Mpshe, the national director of public prosecutions between 2007 and 2009, made the decision to terminate the corruption case against President Jacob Zuma in April 2009. This paved the way for him to become president.

The Mail & Guardian today reported that a crime intelligence investigation, which targeted the NPA and produced the so called “spy tapes”, formed the basis for the NPA’s withdrawal of the charges against Zuma. The tapes contained communication intercepts and apparently disclosed evidence of political interference in Zuma’s case.

According to the newspaper, the intelligence report said Mpshe had an affair with Gift Ngobeni, who at the time was the NPA manager in Kimberley.

Both Mpshe and Ngobeni denied the allegations. Mpshe has also denied that there was any attempt to blackmail him.

According to the newspaper, Ngobeni was arrested in 2008 for fraud but in October 2009 the case was withdrawn. Mpshe has denied being involved in the withdrawal of charges against her.

The Volksblad newspaper at the time reported that Mpshe “withdrew the charges after studying a report from the prosecutor”.

Mncube also declined to comment on Ngobeni.

“All I can say is that I will find out from her if she is in a relationship, but that’s her private business,” he said.

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