Mokgoro Inquiry: 'It Is 👎Unlawful to Place a Prosecutor in a 👊Jurisdiction Where They Have No Powers' –🔊 Hofmeyr
Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Willie Hofmeyr is of the view that it is unlawful to place a prosecutor in a jurisdiction where they have no powers, he told the Mokgoro inquiry on Friday.
"Mr [Andrew] Chauke, for example, has no jurisdiction to be in charge or give instructions to prosecute in another province. In the [Johan] Booysen matter it should have only been the director of KwaZulu-Natal," he revealed during his cross-examination at the Mokgoro inquiry in Centurion on Friday.
The Mokgoro inquiry, headed by retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, seeks to investigate the fitness of suspended deputy NDPP Nomgcobo Jiba and suspended special director of public prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi to hold office.
Hofmeyr was referring to Jiba's decision-making and processes in dealing with high-profile matters in the National Prosecuting Authority.
He claimed that the suspended deputy NDPP decided to assign Chauke, who was based in Gauteng at the time, to a province where he had no jurisdiction in order to prosecute former Hawks head Booysen in KwaZulu-Natal on charges of racketeering.
"It is simply unlawful," he said.