The 20-year jail term handed down to convicted fraudster Johannes van Staden on Friday was welcomed by both the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Regional NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said they were “delighted” by the Western Cape High Court’s ruling. Van Staden, 54, was sentenced for conducting a multi-million rand fishing business as a front for submitting false VAT returns.
Criminal charges have been laid against three NPA senior officials, the prosecuting authority confirmed on Sunday. “Yes, it is indeed correct,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said in reply to an SMS from Sapa.
Reaction from political parties and civil society was mixed on Friday following the appointments of a new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), new head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and new director of public prosecutions in the KwaZulu-Natal. The appointments were announced by President Jacob Zuma earlier on Friday. Mxolisi Nxasana was the country’s new NDPP, with Vasantrai Soni named as the new head of the SIU.
Friday’s court ruling that the acting NPA head must lodge a copy of the so-called Zuma spy tapes with the court registrar was a victory for democracy, the DA said. “This is a victory for democracy, for accountability, and for the Constitution,” Democratic Alliance federal executive chairman James Selfe said in a statement. “[We] will now consult with our lawyers at the soonest available opportunity to initiate the substantive review into the decision by the NPA to drop charges against President [Jacob] Zuma.”
Regional magistrate Stanley Gumede has been formally charged with misconduct by the Magistrate’s Commission. Gumede was believed to be President Jacob Zuma’s first choice to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). He was served with the charges on Wednesday, according to the City Press.
You may want to note down Monday, May 27, 2013, because for many constitutional experts this day represents a seminal turning point in the history of South Africa: the day that signalled the incipient death of crime and justice in South Africa. For them, Monday, May 27, 2013, was not just another ordinary day. It was not just the day that one of South Africa’s top prosecutors, Glynnis Breytenbach – who was investigating charges of fraud and corruption against politically-connected former head of police crime intelligence Richard Mdluli – wasRead More
The National Prosecuting Authority told MPs on Tuesday it had a budget shortfall of R200 million, leaving it unable to fill vacancies and staff specialised courts. NPA bosses said the lack of funding was largely caused by forced over-spending on salaries and bonuses and it had resorted to taking funding from other budgets, including goods and services, to pay staff. Willie Hofmeyr, a deputy national director of the unit, said the result was that when prosecutors left, there was no money left to fill vacancies, which affected the NPA’s strategicRead More
The National Prosecuting Authority has run out of money and the justice department has refused to bail it out, according to a report. The City Press newspaper reported that the NPA was implementing strict austerity measures in a desperate bid to “salvage its financial position”, according to an internal NPA memorandum sent to the newspaper. The measures included freezing non-essential posts and shelving the aspirant prosecutor programme.