NPA denies Selebi case review

The NPA has rejected claims a review into how Jackie Selebi’s prosecution was handled is underway.

A file photo of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi while he was appearing in the Johannesburg High Court, 3 August 2010. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has denied claims that a review is under way into how the prosecution of Jackie Selebi was handled.

The allegation was made by the suspended head of the NPA's Integrity Management Unit, Prince Mokotedi, who is due to hand in his formal resignation today.

The NPA has however confirmed to Eyewitness News a docket into allegations levelled against its staff and which relate to the case of the former police commissioner was handed over by police a couple of weeks ago.

Mokotedi testified in Selebi's defence during his corruption trial.

The suspended Integrity Management Unit head has warned of infighting at the NPA and claims the organisation and the police were called to investigate whether the team that prosecuted Selebi for corruption withheld information crucial to the case.

"The Selebi case should be brought for review and it is being brought back for review."

NPA spokesperson Nathi Ncube says there is no such review and no major developments since the allegations first emerged in 2011.

"I can categorically state that in the NPA there is no matter that is being reviewed relating to Mr Jackie Selebi at this point in time."

The NPA has confirmed to Eyewitness News the docket relating Selebi's case is now being studied.

Mokotedi says the police investigation revolved around the team that prosecuted Selebi.

"The prosecutors and the investigators in the Selebi matter withheld important evidence which if brought before the court, the court might have decided otherwise."

But Ncube says the claims were made in 2011 and were investigated both internally and by the police.

"The docket has been received by us, just as a follow up since 2011, for the NPA to deal with the matter, to see if there's been any progress made."

He says the internal investigation continues and there haven't been any major developments.