Mokotedi: The NPA is suffering

Prince Mokotedi believes the NPA is suffering the effects of the disbanded Scorpions unit.

Suspended head of the NPA's Integrity Management Unit, Prince Mokotedi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Integrity Management Unit (IMU) Prince Mokotedi says he believes that the organisation is suffering the effects of the disbanded crime fighting unit the Scorpions.

Mokotedi was suspended on Tuesday, for allegedly leaking a report he wrote about ex prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

But he insists he did not leak the report and acted with integrity.

Mokotedi's suspension comes against the backdrop of a ' dirty war' within the organisation that has been troubled by infighting, which has also seen him on opposing sides to NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana.

He says this has to do with history.

"I believe that it will be sorted out. I believe that the problem with the NPA is the legacy of the Scorpions; as long as we're not going to deal decisively with the legacy of the NPA we'll still have these problems."

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.

Meanwhile, the NPA says it's been instructed by Justice Minister Michael Masutha not to comment on organisational matters, including Mokotedi's suspension.

Meanwhile, 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."