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‘Behind the scenes talks motivated NPA’s decision to prosecute in Simelani case’

The NPA decided to prosecute four former men for the 1983 murder of the Nokuthula Simelane.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The former head of investigations for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, says he believes the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) may only have decided to prosecute the Nokutula Simelane case because of behind the scenes discussions.

Yesterday, the NPA said it was going to prosecute four former members of the Soweto security branch for the murder of the MK operative, after she was kidnapped and presumed murdered in 1983.

The men received amnesty at the TRC for kidnapping Simelane but did not apply for amnesty for killing her.

Ntsebeza has previously strongly criticised government for not prosecuting people who didn't apply for amnesty.

He says this is an important case.

"There must have been behind the scenes negotiations between Shaun Abrahams and the family once this application was filed. For me it leaves a sour taste in the mouth."

Ntsebeza says the prosecution of the four men is important but only shows so many other cases should have been prosecuted as well.

He says this shows why people who didn't apply for amnesty should have been prosecuted when the TRC ended.

"This might even be a victory for Nokuthula Simelane's family because this is something that happened in 1983. Witnesses died, memories fade, and you might that there is not enough evidence to prosecute."

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