First on EWN: NPA's Zim rendition case is a 'hot potato'

Former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the unit's Gauteng head Shadrack Sibiya are implicated in the case.

FILE. EWN is in possession of an internal NPA document that exposes just how sensitive the rendition case is. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News is in the possession of an internal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) memorandum which has exposed just how sensitive the Zimbabwe rendition case is, with no prosecutor seemingly willing to take a decision on whether or not to prosecute those implicated.

Former Hawks boss Anwa Dramat and the unit's Gauteng head Shadrack Sibiya have been implicated in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010.

EWN has learnt the docket first arrived at the NPA in February 2014, but has since been sent between several prosecutors, including National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana.

In the document, authored by advocates Zaais van Zyl and Andrew Chauke, it states that the rendition case is what they've termed a 'hot potato', which is being sent from pillar to post.

Prosecutors wrote that since August last year, the docket was being transferred between the north and south Gauteng jurisdictions, as well as the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

They say that in this case, Nxasana has to exercise his powers as vested in the NPA Act, and should take the final decision on whether to prosecute or not.

However, they do note that further investigations must first take place, but do not specifically state what is still outstanding in the docket.

The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi declined to comment on this information.