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By unknown | Jan 29, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cecil Motsepe

Cecil Motsepe

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has reacted with rage to allegations that a white senior public prosecutor was playing the race card when prosecuting cases involving minors.

Yesterday Sowetan reported how Carlette Muller allegedly treated cases involving black and white kids differently. Her colleagues at the Johannesburg magistrate's court have reported her to the NPA and the senior magistrate at the Johannesburg family court, Daniel Thulare.

They claim she prefers to charge black kids in court while sending their white counterparts to rehabilitation centres.

Reacting to the article yesterday, NPA spokesman Tlali Tlali said Muller was now under investigation.

"There is no place for racism in the NPA and we view such allegations in a serious light. The NPA will immediately conduct an enquiry into these allegations in order to determine their veracity.

"The office of the acting head of the National Prosecution Service, Sibongile Mzinyathi, is giving the matter the urgent attention it deserves," said Tlali.

"Our position is that such a practice cannot be tolerated as it would bring the administration of justice into disrepute.

"If it turns out that there is truth to these allegations, the NPA will not hesitate to institute disciplinary proceedings against any individual implicated."

Tlali said each case brought to the NPA's attention for a prosecutorial decision would be considered on its own merits.

"Race is certainly not an aspect of that criterion," he added.

Muller recently barred Sowetan from entering her office, saying she was "not interested" in discussing the matter.

In our article yesterday, we reported that in August last year Muller decided to prosecute a 12-year-old black child despite social workers, who investigated the child's circumstances, recommending he be sent into the rehabilitation programme.

A month earlier she recommended that a 16-year-old white girl, bust for theft of clothes valued at R2 900, be sent to a rehabilitation centre.

Yesterday eight people - among them lawyers and a court official - contacted Sowetan, complaining about Muller's behaviour.


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