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Doubt cast on Mokotedi's disciplinary hearing

Mokotedi handed in his handwritten resignation earlier today shortly after being served a charge sheet.

Prince Mokotedi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The resignation of suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) integrity management unit (IMU) head Prince Mokotedi has cast doubt on whether he will face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly bringing the organisation into disrepute.

Mokotedi handed in his handwritten resignation earlier on Thursday, shortly after being served a charge sheet at his house.

Last week, he went on live radio to raise concerns about the state of the NPA, the conduct of his colleagues and the alleged existence of political factions and camps.

The former IMU head resigned with immediate effect but will likely have to serve out a notice period.

The NPA wants to bring him before an internal disciplinary hearing and had gone as far as setting a date for later this month.

Mokotedi has also claimed that he wants to help clean up the organisation, even if he is no longer employed there.

The NPA has established an internal 'fact finding commission of inquiry' headed by retired Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob, but its jurisdiction won't stretch beyond its own borders.

It remains to be seen whether the allegations made by Mokotedi will be properly tested.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) released a report on Wednesday which calls for an all-new independent oversight mechanism for the NPA.

The report is based on an in-depth study of the NPA and compares how prosecuting authorities in other countries are monitored.

The ISS suggests the proposed oversight body would not have the power to interfere directly but could help the NPA regain credibility.