KZN prosecutions boss gets squad of bodyguards

2015-11-17 14:57


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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal’s director of public prosecutions Moipone Noko has been assigned a squad of police bodyguards after a “security threat”.

News24 has established Noko has been set up with a 24-hour police protective detail after the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) discovered a “threat” posed to the advocate.

However, a well-placed source in the police management structures said the move to protect Noko came after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rallied at her office last week as part of their drive for the private prosecution of controversial businessman Thoshan Panday.

Police spokesperson brigadier Jay Naicker said the NPA had received a threat assessment and sought police help.

“We unfortunately cannot disclose the details of the threat for obvious reasons. Due to the nature of the threat, the [South African Police Service] was best suited to provide close protection to Advocate Noko,” he said.

Naicker said they could not elaborate on the type of protection provided or the number of officers assigned to duty.

He would also not be drawn on the deployment costs to protect Noko nor how long it would last.

Noko, via her personal assistant, confirmed she had been assigned police protection.

“Yes, indeed, for security reasons,” she said, when responding to News24 questions about her new-found bodyguards.

The Witness newspaper had previously reported EFF KwaZulu-Natal member of provincial legislature Vukani Ndlovu sent a letter of appeal to Noko insisting on a nolle prosequi (no prosecution) certificate in respect of all criminal charges against Panday that the state has previously declined to prosecute.

Instituting private prosecution requires the party to first obtain the certificate - a formal notice of abandonment by the prosecutor of all or part of a suit - before they could pursue their own prosecution.

According to the letter, the EFF asked Noko for a list containing all the cases against Panday Noko had declined to prosecute.

Ndlovu said the political party had "in no way" intimidated Noko. “There is no way we can do that. We followed all the processes legally and that is what we will continue to do,” he said.

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