NDPP interviews: I'm credible - Simphiwe Mlotshwa
The former State prosecutor and practising advocate made the comments while being interviewed for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions.
PRETORIA - A former State prosecutor and practising advocate says he has the skills and experience to lead the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Advocate Simphiwe Mlotshwa made the comments while being interviewed for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
President Cyril Ramaphosa set up a panel to help him find the ideal candidate for the post.
Mlotshwa, who resigned from the NPA in 2015, believes he is credible.
“Credible in a sense that the values you’re making a reference to are the values that I’ve been religiously adhering to for 18 years of my stay within the NPA. I think I’m credible because all the decisions that I took in the NPA have never been challenged,” Mlotshwa says.
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Mlotshwa says he's identified competing groups within NPA, one of which acts in the interests of people outside the organisation.
He has also told the panel that senior NPA officials interfered in high-profile cases he was overseeing.
The advocate says if he is appointed as the prosecutions boss, among his first steps to turn the NPA around is to open up communication channels.
“As things stand right now, people can’t talk, they are dead scared to say a word and they are scared of disciplinary actions being taken against them.”
He says there is a group within the NPA which takes instructions from outside the organisation.
“In which case, they will use the names of outsiders to scare the devil out of other officials and as a result, the group that is prepared to work ends up not doing its work as prescribed.”
Mlotshwa resigned from the NPA in 2015.
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)