NPA mum on ex-head’s alleged affair

Johannesburg - The NPA on Friday declined to comment on a report regarding its former head Mokotedi Mpshe's alleged affair with a colleague which rendered him vulnerable to blackmail.

"Mpshe doesn't work here so I can't comment on anything dealing with him," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube said.

"If you want a comment you should go to him, I can't comment on his behalf."

Mpshe, the national director of public prosecutions between 2007 and 2009, took the decision to terminate the corruption case against President Jacob Zuma in April 2009, paving the way for him to become president.

The Mail&Guardian on Friday reported that an investigation by crime intelligence, which targeted the NPA and produced the so called "spy tapes", formed the basis for the NPA's withdrawal of the charges against Zuma.

The intelligence report allegedly named Mpshe as having an affair with Gift Ngobeni, then NPA manager in Kimberley.

Both Mpshe and Ngobeni denied the allegations to the newspaper.

The tapes contained communications intercepts and apparently disclosed evidence of political interference in Zuma's case.

According to the newspaper, Ngobeni was arrested in 2008 for fraud but in October 2009 the case was withdrawn. Mpshe has denied being involved in the withdrawal of charges against her.

The local Volksblad newspaper at the time reported that Mpshe "withdrew the charges after studying a report from the prosecutor".

Mncube on Friday also declined to comment on Ngobeni.

"All I can say is that I will find out from her if she is in a relationship, but that's her private business."

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Gerhard Burger 2014-08-01 11:20:34 AM
Mokotedi Mpshe will soon get an ambassador post,the golden handshake was received long ago.
Solomon Lebelo 2014-08-01 11:25:49 AM
This is deep,so Mpshe was blackmailed by ANC n Zuma loyalists to drop corruption charges against Showerhead,no wonder there is a battle for the release of non-existent spytapes,let the games begin
Teko Mohaeka 2014-08-01 11:37:53 AM
ANC through and through.Denial,avoidance,evasion sies Mpshe,because of you we are having this stupid President pushing all the money to Zumiston
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014-08-01 11:47:36 AM
They all come from the same can of worms. A very full tin I may add.
Sisie Indola 2014-08-01 11:59:13 AM
Mum on this man's affair, but when it was Vavi that was another story. Vavi was correct the ANC was out to get him. Despicable bunch of oxygen thieves....
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-01 12:06:52 PM
and the nominees are........... Dallas, ANC and the winner is ....... you guessed it.
Edward Radingoana 2014-08-01 12:21:37 PM
Since Democrazy, decision are not done by the book but by political connections/influence and that will never change
Marc Anthony Webb 2014-08-01 12:23:23 PM
when it comes to intelligence bungles Interpol computers,in-fighting,spy tapes and a total lack of intel(brains) the CancER Brigade take the cherry on the top of the proverbial cake...
Velile Gladman Dayimani 2014-08-01 12:55:51 PM
People like mpshe who are suppose to ensure that our country is free from all forms of crime and corruption but fail to do so due to favours and political pressure,should be charged for treason and be jailed for a long time. They are no different to murderers ,rapist who kill innocent and peace loving south africans.
Finya Ngendololwane 2014-08-01 01:32:36 PM
The Mirror reported that MI6 and Israelis tried to blackmail Clinton with Monica's affair into forcing Clinton to release a convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from jail but it never worked. I don't it worked with honorable Mpshe too. He just released the President because he simply did not have enough evidence to charge him finish and klaar