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NATIONAL prosecutions chief Menzi Simelane has been forced to climb down after he restructured the specialised commercial crimes unit despite orders to halt the process, the DA said yesterday.

NATIONAL prosecutions chief Menzi Simelane has been forced to climb down after he restructured the specialised commercial crimes unit despite orders to halt the process, the DA said yesterday.

The opposition party's justice spokesperson Dene Smuts said the head of the unit, Chris Jordaan, had been put back in charge after it was confirmed earlier this week that he had been sidelined by Simelane.

"All SCCU prosecutors have been told to report again to their head, special director Chris Jordaan," said Smuts. She had put pressure on Justice Minister Jeff Radebe not to allow Simelane to implement a controversial strategic plan presented to Parliament last month which envisioned that all four specialised units in the National Prosecuting Authority be restructured.

Radebe said he had been kept in the dark, and at a meeting with Simelane on April 29 told him to put the plan in the deep freeze. But it emerged this week that the unit had been split in two.

Justice spokesperson Tlali Tlali yesterday reiterated that Radebe's instructions stood, and applied to the SCCU as well. - Sapa

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