Publication: Business Day Issued: Date: 2004-06-10 Reporter: Hopewell Radebe

Prosecutors Review Cases Handled by Fraud Suspect



Business Day

Date 2004-06-10


Hopewell Radebe

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The National Prosecuting Authority said yesterday it planned to review all cases investigated by Cornwell Tshavhungwa, its suspended prosecutor who has appeared in court on fraud and corruption charges.

This means that a corruption probe Tshavhungwa led against former Limpopo premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi which he closed without laying charges could be reopened.

As a result, Tshavhungwa has accused the authority's director, Bulelani Ngcuka, of abusing his office by using him as a scapegoat to discredit and outmanoeuvre Ramatlhodi.

Tshavhungwa has argued that his decisions on Ramatlhodi's case and others were being revisited under the pretext that he had taken bribes to make the investigations go away.

He was arrested on Monday by the Scorpions , and appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday. He was released on R100000 bail, and the case was postponed until July 23 .

The authority's spokesman, Makhosini Nkosi, said yesterday that Tshavhungwa was being unfair to Ngcuka and Ramatlhodi, as his case had nothing to do with the two men.

"He is trying to marshal political support for himself by dragging the names of these leaders in the mud," Nkosi said.

The authority would look at all the cases Tshavhungwa had closed to ensure the integrity of the system, he said.

"We are not necessarily reopening the cases. However, we are not going to reveal which cases are being reviewed."

Nkosi said Tshavhungwa's disciplinary hearing was postponed due to the court action.

With acknowledgements to Hopewell Radebe and the Business Day.