Mokotedi challenged to speak under oath

Prince Mokotedi has been asked to make his allegations under oath where they can be tested.

NPA head of the Integrity Management Unit, Prince Mokotedi. Picture: NPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) manager Prince Mokotedi has been challenged to make his allegations about the organisation under oath, where they can be properly tested.

Mokotedi is resigning from his position as the prosecutions body's Integrity Management Unit head after being suspended six weeks ago.

On Thursday, Mokotedi made sweeping allegations against his colleagues and warned of political camps inside the NPA.

Freedom Under Law's Johann Kriegler says Mokotedi's allegations are the tricks of a master of disinformation.

And if he believes in them, then it's his duty to stay and help clean up the NPA.

"He must come and deal with the real merits and the real facts and not go around spreading defamation about his colleagues."

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga has defended the NPA.

"The performance of prosecutors is not affected by the whole challenges that we're facing there."

Mokotedi claims the NPA is divided into political factions, which affects investigations and prosecutions.

The NPA has since appointed what it's calling a 'fact finding committee' into Mokotedi's allegations.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Ncube says the inquiry will test these and other allegations.

"We have appointed one of the judges to conduct that investigation, to basically try and get to the bottom of everything that has been happening and all the negative reports that we've received recently. Everybody that is affected will have to participate in that process."

Meanwhile, the NPA has denied a report that its head Mxolisi Nxasana has been suspended.

The New Age newspaper is reporting that sources within the organisation claim the presidency told him this week to vacate his office.

Ncube says, "There is no truth in that. In fact it's just a poor standard of journalism. I informed them already on Thursday that the national director is not suspended. He is attending a family bereavement in northern KwaZulu-Natal."