DA: Simelane forced to backtrack

National prosecutions chief Menzi Simelane has been forced to climb down after he restructured the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) despite orders to halt the process, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday.

DA justice spokesperson Dene Smuts said the head of the unit, Chris Jordaan, had been put back in charge after it was confirmed earlier this week that he had been sidelined by Simelane.

The national director of public prosecutions’s orders that the unit’s 200-strong staff report to the relevant provincial prosecuting authority instead of to Jordaan have been reversed.

“All SCCU prosecutors have been told to report again to their head, special director Chris Jordaan and not to the provincial divisions,” said Smuts.

She had put sustained pressure on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe not to allow Simelane to implement a controversial strategic plan presented to Parliament in April, which envisioned that all four specialised units in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be restructured in this fashion.

In the dark
The plan was perceived as an attempt to weaken the powers of the units, in particular the high-profile Asset Forfeiture Unit headed by Willie Hofmeyr.

Radebe claimed he had been kept in the dark, and at a meeting with Simelane on April 29 told him to consign the plan to the deepfreeze.

However, it emerged this week that the unit had been split in two, embarrassing the minister.

Justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali on Thursday reiterated that Radebe’s instructions stood, and applied to the SCCU as well.

“A clear message came from the minister and we would not expect anyone to conduct themselves in a manner that they appear to disregard the minister’s instructions in this regard,” he told the South African Press Association.

“We have an interactive relationship with the National Prosecuting Authority, and if it appears that what has been agreed may not be the reality, we will come across it.” — Sapa

Advertisting

Golding opportunity for kleptocrats

Government must take steps to clean up the country’s dirty real estate market, which has long offered a safe haven for criminals

SAA’s rescue men fly in defiance

The airline’s business rescue practitioners ignored a warning not to announce route closures and possible job cuts ahead of a restructuring plan
Advertising

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it