21 May 2019

South Africa: Implicated NPA KZN Boss Moipone Noko Headed for Top North West Job

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Moipone Noko, who stands accused by witnesses at the Zondo Commission of habitually abusing her office to protect politically connected individuals, has been transferred as Director of Public Prosecutions in North West.

Moipone Noko, who had ambitions of becoming the head of the NPA, was central to the dropping of charges against several high-profile suspects in KwaZulu-Natal, including Zuma-linked businessman Thoshan Panday, and ANC heavyweights Mike Mabuyakhulu and Peggy Nkonyeni, in the R144-million "Amigos" scandal.

In her decade-long tenure as head of prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Noko was responsible for withdrawing serious charges against a long list of dodgy, politically connected businesspeople.

The NPA confirmed at the weekend that Noko is the new Director of Public Prosecutions in North West. Advocate Elaine Zungu has been appointed as acting Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal.

As acting Director of Public Prosecutions in KwaZulu-Natal, Noko dropped fraud and corruption charges in August 2012 against Nkonyeni, Mabuyakhulu and four others. The alleged scam was linked to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department at inflated prices, which cost the public purse R144-million.

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