The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) allegedly also failed to follow its own set of criteria to charge any person with racketeering.
This was the evidence of the former Asset Forfeiture Unit boss Willie Hofmeyr during his cross-examination by Jiba’s legal counsel, advocate Norman Arendse, SC, before the Mokgoro Inquiry yesterday.
The Mokgoro probe, led by retired Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, is probing the fitness of Jiba and Special Commercial Crime Unit head advocate Lawrence Mrwebi to hold office in the NPA. Hofmeyr was reacting to Arendse’s line of questioning that Jiba’s decision to only use advocate Anthony Mosing - one of the senior officials in the NPA’s Organised Crime Desk - to approve racketeering charges against Booysen, was endorsed by the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria in September 2016.
In his reaction, Hofmeyr was adamant that Jiba had undermined the NPA’s own internal processes to prefer racketeering charges against any suspect in the country.