Prosecutors keep their jobs despite facing charges
TWO KwaZulu-Natal court officials, accused of taking bribes from traffic offenders to quash their cases, will continue prosecuting alleged criminals.
Both prosecutors are out on bail on charges including corruption, theft and defeating the ends of justice, but they have not been suspended from their posts at the Estcourt and Ladysmith magistrates' courts in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
"Like anyone else charged with a crime an allegation has been made against them. They have not been found guilty as yet, so they cannot be suspended," National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson said yesterday.
Ladysmith traffic offences court prosecutor Noah Ndlangalala was arrested on Monday.
Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker alleged Ndlangalala approached three traffic offenders waiting to address the court for a reduction of their fines and asked them for cash in exchange for removing their names from the court roll.
He was released on R2000 bail and will appear in court again on November 9.
Last month Estcourt prosecutor MJ Mhlambi was nabbed when he allegedly collected R1000 from a drunk driver.
He will appear in court again on November 16.