New life for Bosasa prosecution after 8-year delay

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Eight years after the NPA and the Hawks had been first presented with allegations of bribery and corruption challenging detention heart officers and facilities management company Bosasa, prosecutors will at final beget the instruments they must carry the case to court docket.

The Directorate for Precedence Crime Investigation, or the Hawks, confirmed to News24 that lengthy-prominent forensic reports beget now been finalised.

The NPA has blamed the dearth of prosecution on this extend by the Hawks.

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Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi told News24 on Thursday that the delays had been led to by considerations with paying the forensic provider companies, which had now been resolved.

The remaining reports had been got and Mulaudzi agreed the matter wishes to be earlier than court docket “rapidly”.

In 2009, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) finalised a file into alleged subtle rigging challenging Bosasa administrators and CEO Gavin Watson and the Department of Correctional Companies.

Bosasa had allegedly bribed aged prisons boss Linda Mti and the division’s chief financial officer, Patrick Gillingham, to get hang of four tenders between 2004 and 2007 rate roughly R1.5bn, including the provision of televisions and fencing at prisons in some unspecified time in the future of the nation, the SIU found out.

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The SIU file was once handed over to the NPA in 2010, and a docket registered at the same time.

Thus a long way, not one amongst the accused – who beget all steadfastly maintained their innocence – beget had their day in court docket.

Self-created

News24 has established that, between mid-2010 and February 2016, the lead prosecutor assigned to the Bosasa matter was once suggest Marijke de Kock, a deputy director of public prosecutions in the Severe Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) in Pretoria.

Interior NPA paperwork and interviews with senior NPA bosses demonstrate that De Kock might perhaps be today accountable for the extend.

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Within months of receiving the SIU file, De Kock identified serious considerations with its contents, calling it unreliable and saying it would not withstand scrutiny in a criminal court docket.

Right here’s contained in a memorandum dated November 17, 2010, which was once forwarded to then national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), suggest Menzi Simelane.

“The SIU file would appear to had been drafted in a slipshod and nearly informal vogue,” De Kock wrote in 2010.

“The lack of accuracy and precision with the drafting of the file will give wide opportunity to those trying to fetch to fault it.”

De Kock added that the failings with the file created a jam by “casting doubt on the reliability” of the file. She refused to acknowledge detailed questions.

De Kock was once eradicated from the case in February 2016 by yet every other aged NDPP, suggest Shaun Abrahams, resulting from his disappointment over the dearth of progress.

No longer rocket science

An SIU offer with close data of the SIU investigation into Bosasa and the next file told News24 this week that the file was once expedient.

The offer agreed that some further criminal investigation was once required for the matter to be introduced to trial, however that it was once not “rocket science”.

NPA officers with data of the matter said De Kock was once quizzed by the then acting head of the SCCU, Lawrence Mrwebi, in January 2013 as to why a mandate for the forensic investigation had not been finalised at the very delivery of the case in 2010.

“She knew that these forensic investigations most incessantly seize a in reality very lengthy time,” the NPA official told News24.

It was once get hang of to De Kock that senior NPA officers had referred to her as “incompetent” in some unspecified time in the future of interviews with News24. She didn’t acknowledge, however yet every other NPA official speaking on condition of anonymity defended De Kock.

“She is a extremely careful prosecutor. Nonetheless she has continuously maintained that the Bosasa case must and will beget to restful be prosecuted. There was once a range of interference in this case,” the official said.

Final month, in some unspecified time in the future of a huge-ranging interview over the Bosasa matter and allegations that De Kock had interfered to extend it, head of the Nationwide Prosecuting Provider, suggest Nomgcobo Jiba, blamed De Kock for the extend.

“The person that tousled on this case is Marijke,” Jiba told News24. She later added that because the lead prosecutor, De Kock didn’t lead the case.

Jiba denied any wrongdoing and said that she wishes to be credited for bringing the matter up in some unspecified time in the future of her tenure as acting NDPP and pushing for it to be finalised. Otherwise the matter “would restful be gathering dirt”.

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