Wednesday, March 31, 2010
31 March 2010, 07:56
'Demoted' prosecutor to fight back
NPA in 'demotions' shock
Defending cadre deployment is 'obtuse' - DA
By Botho Molosankwe
Another Gauteng High Court prosecutor tasked with the prosecution of President Jacob Zuma on charges of corruption has been demoted.
Advocate George Baloyi became the second senior prosecutor on a Zuma case to receive notice of his removal as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.
On Tuesday, The Star reported that Advocate Mutuwa Nengovhela, also a member of the team that prosecuted Zuma in the Johannesburg High Court, had been given the responsibilities of a clerk at the Family Court.
Two colleagues at the Pretoria High Court, Advocate Retha Meintjies SC and Advocate Connie Erasmus, have also been demoted and told to take up their new positions as prosecutors at magistrate courts around Pretoria on April 5.
The orders have come from Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane.
Meintjies is going to the Mamelodi Magistrate's Court where she will work only on sexual offence cases, domestic violence and maintenance issues. Baloyi is to prosecute similar cases in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
Erasmus, who worked at the now disbanded Scorpions, will become a prosecutor at the Soshanguve Regional Court.
According to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke, the reason for the deployment was that most of the serious crimes that plagued the country were being heard in lower courts, mostly staffed by young and inexperienced prosecutors.
"The organisation has a wealth of experienced prosecutors, many of whom are in managerial positions at head office and in the DPP offices, mainly concerned with administration. How is this imbalance of resources benefiting the criminal justice system, especially our courts?
"The ever increasing case backlogs and less than satisfactory conviction rates are a clear sign that the manner in which our courts are resourced with prosecutors is not yielding the positive results that Government and the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster are aiming to achieve," she said.
In Soweto, the removal of Nthabiseng Motsau, the head of sexual offences cases at the Protea Magistrate's Court, could result in delay in the prosecution of a Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital doctor facing 13 cases of sexual assault.
None of the prosecutors would talk to the media.
•This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on March 31, 2010
Comments by Sonny
Take off the blinkers.
We are heading for a one party state.
Under the stateless ANC!
Menzi Simelane is a Zuma puppet!
No wonder Malema is studying Zimbabwe violence!
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is heading to the highest court in the land to defend the singing of the liberation song “shoot the boer”.
“It is an incompetent judgment.
“There is so much injustice that emanates from the judgment,” said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu in Johannesburg yesterday.
He and ANC secretary- general Gwede Mantashe addressed the media on the party’s unhappiness with the South Gauteng High Court ruling which banned the singing of the controversial song.
Mantashe said: “The struggle for our freedom was declared as just by the entire world, it is apartheid that was declared evil against humanity.
“That song was not sung under normal circumstances. This is a constitutional matter.”
The controversial song recently shot to prominence again after being sung by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema while addressing his supporters.
As a result, the likes of the Freedom Front Plus, AfriForum and the Afrikanerbond lodged official complaints against him.
But Mthembu and Mantashe argued that the song was taken out of context and slammed the acting judge for not according the ANC an opportunity to explain its case before making a judgment.
“It is not dubul’ ibhunu (“shoot the boer”) that came from nowhere.
“People want to fuel fears which are not there. We did not ban the stem when we took over.
“No judge, except this one, would have considered the matter to be urgent,” said Mthembu.
Mantashe said the judgment could not be enforced and implemented.
“Easy legal victories by any grouping in society will further polarise our society.
Mthembu denied there was any correlation between the “shoot the boer” song and the actual killing of farmers.
Comments by Sonny
ANC Corruption and abuse of power should become a Constitutional issue!
Freedom of sceech has become an issue too!