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First on EWN: Prince Mokotedi appointed as Gauteng Hawks boss

The former head of the NPA’s integrity unit resigned from the body in 2014 under a cloud of controversy.

Newly appointed Gauteng Hawks head Prince Mokotedi. Picture: Facebook.

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can today reveal that former head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Integrity Unit Prince Mokotedi has been appointed as Gauteng's new head of the Hawks.

Mokotedi resigned from the prosecution body in 2014 under a cloud of controversy after he was charged with gross insubordination and bringing the NPA into disrepute.

While the charges were dropped after his resignation, he was accused of leaking a report into former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Mokotedi replaces Shadrack Sibiya, who was fired last year following a disciplinary hearing which found him guilty of orchestrating the so-called Zimbabwe renditions.

The Hawks' Hangwani Mulaudzi says Mokotedi brings with him a wealth of investigative experience.

"He worked as a forensic investigator, a director of integrity management at the NPA, as well as a director of monitoring analysts at the secretariat for safety and security then. We believe that we have the right person to lead the province."

In 2010, Mokotedi testified in disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi's defence, where he accused prosecutor Gerrie Nel and his team of irregularly using secret funds, a move seen simply to derail the case.

When he resigned from the NPA, Mokotedi went live on 702 to complain about factions within the NPA, he says one of which was led by Nel, whom he described as powerful.

It was Mokotedi who was instrumental in the case that got Ne arrested in 2010 during Selebi's trial.

A year later, it was Mokotedi who introduced former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli to current deputy prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba, who helped police arrest Nel on trumped up charges.

Mulaudzi says what happened at the NPA is not a concern for the Hawks.

He says they believe Mokotedi is the man for the job.

"We believe he is coming on a very clean slate. On the other things that were happening at the NPA, they are part of the Hawks. What we're more concerned about are the issues of taking this organisation forward."

Mulaudzi says Mokotedi has been subjected to security and background checks.