Willie Hofmeyr to head Asset Forfeiture Unit - report

2019-04-03 15:47
Willie Hofmeyr. (Netwerk24)

Willie Hofmeyr. (Netwerk24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi has moved Willie Hofmeyr back to the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU), Business Live reported on Wednesday. 

He was removed as head of the AFU, after serving in the post since 1999, by Shaun Abrahams in 2015.

After his appointment in 2015, Abrahams made sweeping changes that resulted in former deputy director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba being promoted to the position of head of national prosecution services – the highest decision-making body in the organisation, City Press reported. 

Hofmeyr, a longtime senior in the organisation, was moved to legal services and was replaced by advocate Pinky Mokgatla.

According to Times Live, Hofmeyr’s return to the once-powerful unit is part of a series of imminent changes at the prosecuting authority, as Batohi enters her third month in office.

READ: It doesn't take 'rocket science' to know there were efforts to get Selebi off the hook – Willie Hofmeyr

In January, Hofmeyr gave evidence before the Mokgoro inquiry, which was set up to investigate the fitness to hold office of Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi. 

Jiba and Mrwebi were suspended in October 2018 after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his decision to institute the Mokgoro inquiry. Jiba is the Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions and Mrwebi is head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"A very concerning development trend that emerged under Jiba, and was almost insitutionalised by Abrahams, was to prosecute those who were perceived as obstacles to corruption and the capture of the state," Hofmeyr told the inquiry, News24 reported. 

According to the NPA, the AFU has the power to seize assets that are the proceeds of crime or that have been used to commit crime. Its main focus is organised crime, drug-related crime, serious violent crime and serious economic crime and corruption.

Hofmeyr was admitted as an attorney in 1991 and holds a master's degree in economics. 

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    npa  |  nomgcobo ­jiba  |  shamila batohi  |  lawrence mrwebi  |  willie hofmeyr
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.