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In an unprecedented move, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has started a process that might lead to disciplinary action against Mabuse Monareng, who prosecuted the case of Linda Mti.

Mti, the chief security officer for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, was yesterday acquitted on charges of driving under the influence of liquor and reckless or negligent driving by the Hillbrow magistrates' court in Johannesburg.

NPA spokesman Tladi Tladi said yesterday it was rare that a follow-up was being made on a matter that had been decided by the court.

"It is the first time this has happened since I joined the NPA more than a year ago," Tladi said.

"It is not separate rules for different people. Our interest is to see justice done. It is the responsibility of the state to see that all the merits of a case are presented and argued before court.

"If the prosecutor has conducted himself in a manner that is inconsistent, we want to send the message that they should do their work properly.".

He would not speculate on the penalty that could be imposed on Monareng if found guilty.

Mti's case emanates from his involvement in a car accident in Sandringham, Johannesburg, in 2006. The driver of the car he allegedly rammed into said Mti could not stand properly and his speech was slurred.

Acquitting Mti, the magistrate, Sigqibo Mpela, called the state's conduct as prejudicial, unprofessional and unfair.

He said Mabuse failed to make the other driver available to the court.


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