Hawks defends Prince Mokotedi's appointment

Prince Mokotedi, a former NPA employee, was appointed as Gauteng’s new head of the Hawks.

Prince Mokotedi. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have defended the decision to appoint former National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) head of integrity Prince Mokotedi as the unit's Gauteng head, saying there was no better candidate available.

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 was appointed after a formal application and interview process.

"We were looking for a person who does not have a criminal record, a person who has got integrity and that is why we felt that he was the right person for the job. The controversy surrounding him happened while he was at the NPA. He has a new job now."

It was Mokotedi who introduced former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli to deputy prosecution boss Nomgcobo Jiba, who then plotted to sabotage the case against Jackie Selebi.

The Democratic Alliance's Zakhele Mbhele says this link is worrying.

"As this saga keep unfolding, you keep seeing the same players and you're able to connect the dots over and over again. This shows we are really dealing with the systemic compromise of the integrity of our constitution."

Mokotedi could not be reached for comment.