New allegations emerge against NPA

Prince Mokotedi described a deep political ‘fault line’ that cuts across the prosecuting body.

FILE: Prince Mokotedi described a deep political ‘fault line’ that cuts across the NPA. Picture: NPA.

JOHANNESBURG - New allegations emerged on Thursday about power struggles within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The allegations range from failed racial transformation and political factions to the disappearance of a rhino horn.

Suspended head of the National Prosecuting Authority's Integrity Management Unit, Prince Mokotedi, spent almost an hour on the Redi Tlhabi Show ahead of his official resignation, which is expected by Friday at the latest.

Mokotedi was suspended six weeks ago in connection with a leaked report, but now looks set to leave before a disciplinary hearing can be held.

Eyewitness News reported on the progress of an internal NPA investigation and a parallel police probe into the conduct of the team that investigated former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Prince described a deep political "fault line" that he says cuts across the NPA and has termed himself a soldier who has been forgotten behind enemy lines.

He spoke about the investigations into President Jacob Zuma and Richard Mdluli, the Selebi trial and accused respected prosecutor Gerrie Nel of yielding untold power within the organisation.

"When Nel was the head of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), he had a rhino horn in his office. That rhino horn has disappeared but nobody would dare investigate that."

The NPA in the past has denied the existence of political issues within the organisation.

The body is yet to respond to the latest allegations.