Mokotedi: I didn't leak the report
Prince Mokotedi says he acted with integrity when disseminating his report on Glynnis Breytenbach.
JOHANNESBURG - The suspended head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Integrity Management Unit says he wants to expose what he regards as injustices within the organisation.
Prince Mokatedi maintains he did not leak the final report on former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach to the media and says he acted with integrity when disseminating it.
Mokotedi has confirmed he's now on suspension after being served with a notice last week.
He had until end of business on Monday to tell his bosses why he should not be suspended.
Authorities at the NPA took action against him after a final report he authored about former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was leaked to the media.
Mokotedi says he only handed the report to the people and organisations he was mandated too.
"No I did not leak the report. I gave it to the public service commission and the police against the wishes of my employer as well as to the director general. I am interacting with crime intelligence to go ahead with the case against Glynnis Breytenbach."
Meanwhile, the NPA says it's been instructed by the Minister of Justice not to comment on organisational matters including Mokotedi's suspension.
Mokotedi's suspension comes against the backdrop of a dirty war within the organisation which has seen him on opposing sides to NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana.
Nxasana apparently tried to prevent Mokotedi from investigating claims about the 1985 murder charge he was acquitted on and then moved to shut down his unit.
But Mokotedi says he is looking forward to telling his side of the story at his disciplinary hearing.
"All I want to say is that I am upbeat about the disciplinary hearing because it will be the first time where a so-called Zuma man will come out onto the public platform to put at force my side and their side of the story."
NO ACTION AGAINST NXASANA
Corruption Watch head David Lewis says he doesn't understand why President Jacob Zuma has still not made a decision about whether to formally investigate claims that Nxasana is not fit for the post.
At the end of last month, it emerged Nxasana had been denied security clearance after failing to disclose he was tried and acquitted of murder.
It's also been claimed the Lawrence Mrwebi, head of the NPA's Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, is going to be arrested on charges of obstructing justice.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha said two weeks ago he was waiting for the president to decide whether to suspend Nxasana amid other claims he was at war with senior officials in the NPA.
The ministry now says it's still waiting for that decision.
Lewis says the long wait doesn't make sense.
"I would've thought this would've been accorded real priority."
Zuma has previously left the NPA without a head for 10 months and the Special Investigating Unit without a boss for a year and a half.
Meanwhile, the justice minister says an announcement relating to the controversy surrounding Nxasana will be made in 'due course'.
Michael Masutha was responding in parliament on Tuesday to Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Glynnis Breytenbach's claim that the body's reputation is being tarnished by the scandal and apparent infighting.
Masutha hit back at Breytenbach, who claims government isn't taking action.
"So, stop politicking about things and speculating about things which are not before you."