NPA boss wants answers over case against KZN mayor

NPA boss wants answers over case against KZN mayor

The National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shamila Batohi, has expressed concern over the charges initially brought against a KwaZulu-Natal mayor, but then again dropped in court.

Mluleki Ndobe
Bernadette Wicks

Mayor of the Harry Gwala district, Mluleki Ndobe, appeared briefly in court this week in connection with the 2017 killing of former African National Congress (ANC) Youth League Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa.


Ndobe appeared in uMzimkhulu Magistrate's Court on Monday, where the chargers were provisionally withdrawn due to a lack of evidence by the state.


National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Bulelwa Makeke, says the biggest concern is that a prosecutor was able to place the matter on the roll, without the necessary evidence.


She adds Batohi has requested a report from the NPA in KwaZulu-Natal to probe what led to the circumstances.


"When she has the report, it will merge what is the right action to take going forward," says Makeke.


Batohi is expected to receive the report latest on Friday.


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Meanwhile, Newcastle Mayor Ntuthuko Mahlaba is yet to apply for bail in the case where he has been charged for his alleged involvement in the assassination of ANC Youth League Regional Chair Wandile Ngobeni.


Ngobeni was assassinated in May 2016.

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