NPA wants Mkhwebane to sort out issues with SSA outside of court

NPA wants Mkhwebane to sort out issues with SSA outside of court

- The NPA has told the SSA and the Public Protector to sort out their issues

- The Prosecuting Authoritity added that they should do so without dragging the courts into the mix

- This comes after the Public Protector and former State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba filed charges against one another

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The NPA has told Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to resolve her issues with the State Security Agency (SSA) without using the courts.

This comes after State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba alleged that Mkhwebane illegally obtained a classified document.

Mkhwebane, never one to back down, has since filed counter-charges against Letsatsi-Duba.

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The Hawks took over the case after the charges were filed and handed the docket over to the NPA. However, the NPA has said that neither charge has a sufficient basis for prosecution, and have thus declined to take the charges further. 

"There is no basis for prosecution as there was not enough evidence that could suggest prosecution," said Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi, according to Eyewitness News.

Additionally, Mulaudzi said that the Public Protector and the former minister should sort out their issues between themselves rather than involving law enforcement or the courts, has gathered. 

However, this seems unlikely, as Mkhwebane has been particularly combative in recent weeks. For example, she has taken on both Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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In addition, Mkhwebane has hit back at critics, including SACP Secretary-General Solly Mapaila and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, both of whom had raised questions about her investigation of the president.

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