Inquiry reveals that NPA officials sabotaged state capture investigations

Inquiry reveals that NPA officials sabotaged state capture investigations

- The Mokgoro Commission has revealed damning accusations of NPA officials scuttling investigations into corruption

- Former senior officials Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi are alleged to have prosecuted individuals who were investigating state capture

- They have also been accused of spying on their own organization and giving accused individuals information

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Several allegations have been made against suspended senior NPA official Nomgcobo Jiba, as well as suspended specialised crime unit head Lawrence Mrwebi.

Speaking before the Mokgoro Commission, Willie Hofmeyr, the deputy national director of public prosecutions, said that Jiba and Mrwebi sabotaged investigations and also prosecuted those who were trying to fight corruption. 

 He said that they abused their positions in order to influence the outcomes of investigations and that they protected those involved in state capture.

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Johan Booysen, the former Hawsk head, made similar accusations. He told the Commission that Jiba authorised racketeering charges to be laid against him.

He says this was done to stop him from blocking Jacob Zuma's son, Edward, from engaging in suspicious business activities, according to the Sunday Times.

Jan Ferreira, an NPA official, says that the prosecuting authority's former head Shaun Abrahams was also involved in scuttling investigations. Ferreira alleges that Abrahams decided to drop the case against Jiba, for example.

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These are among the most shocking accusations heard by the Commission. Hofmeyr's testimony is particularly damning. He says that Jiba and Mrwebi not only neglected to do their duties as leaders of the NPA, but that they actively worked with the people the NPA was meant to be prosecuting, Briefly.co.za learned.

Hofmeyr says that they also spied on their own organization and gave information to people the NPA was investigating.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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