22 February 2019

South Africa: Mrwebi Grilled On His Decision to Drop Mdluli Case

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When Lawrence Mrwebi was appointed head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit at the National Prosecuting Authority, within a month he decided to drop the fraud and corruption charges the prosecuting authority was pursuing against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Of particular interest to the inquiry was how, when everyone around him was saying there was a good case to prosecute, he decided otherwise.

During his cross-examination on Thursday by evidence leader Nazreen Bawa, Lawrence Mrwebi argued that although the "provisional charge sheet" presented to him when he was briefed about the case contained information regarding the fraud and corruption charges against Richard Mdluli, there was no direct link to the Crime Intelligence boss -- only suspicions.

Mrwebi spoke at the Mokgoro Inquiry that seeks to determine his fate at the NPA a day after he had testified that since his tenure as head of the Scorpions in KwaZulu-Natal in 2003, senior prosecutors had a target on his back after he wrote a report implicating them of misappropriation of funds.

Nomgcobo Jiba, who is also a subject of the inquiry, told her side of the story on Thursday about the allegation that she halted prosecutions in high-profile cases. Jiba...

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