First on EWN: NPA boss orders PCLU to report to his office

Insiders say the move is to allow him to personally oversee high-profile, controversial cases.

National Director of Public Prosecutions of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) advocate Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Eyewitness News can today reveal that National Prosecution Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams has ordered that the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit (PCLU) reports directly to his office - a move insiders say is to allow him to personally oversee high-profile, controversial cases.

The PCLU has been assigned to handle the cases of former prosecutor and now Democratic Alliance politician Glynnis Breytenbach, former Hawks head Johan Booysen and the rendition case involving former Hawks bosses Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya.

The unit was established in 2003 to handle cases arising from the Rome Statute, and serious national and international crimes, like arms dealing and terrorism.

Insiders in the National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) have told EWN that until Abrahams was appointed as prosecutions boss, the PCLU only handled national and international security-related crimes.

The unit's proclamation does however allow the national director to refer any other matter to it which is what the NPA boss has done with several recent politically-charged cases.

On Friday, he announced that the unit would with immediate effect report directly to his office.

The NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku declined to explain Abrahams' rationale, stating that it was the national director's prerogative to make institutional changes.

The prosecutions authority has denied any wrongdoing or irregularities following the decision.

Mfaku says the claims are baseless, because the unit is managed by Dr Torie Pretorius and oversees all the cases handled by the unit.

He says the national director will only review decisions of subordinates if he believes prosecution policy has not been adhered to.