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Jub Jub case state prosecutor was "re-assigned" not "fired"

Last Updated: 3/27/2010 9:33:45 PM

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South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority says prosecutor in the Jub Jub murder case André Lambrecht was not sacked only reassigned. ....

Jub Jub Prosecutor fired ?
Jub Jub Prosecutor fired ?

"He was not relieved of his duties, he was re-assigned as per our restructuring," said spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga.

"The NPA is in a process of implementing a restructuring with an objective of improving our court work by reassigning senior prosecutors to do court work and so far this has happened in KwaZulu-Natal, north and south Gauteng."

He said the purpose was to ensure that courts had experienced, competent prosecutors to improve court statistics and deal with backlogs.

"This has nothing to do with the Jub Jub case and the National Director never interfered in that matter as we allowed prosecutors to deal with it as they deemed fit," explained Mhaga.

He was responding to a report in the Beeld newspaper that prosecutor André (Lampies) Lambrecht, 60, was relieved of his duties after he refused to execute the orders of NPA head Menzi Simelane.

The orders were that he should not contest bail for the musician Jub Jub and he was given the order three times, the publication said.

Last Friday, magistrate André Auret granted bail of R10,000 to hip hop artist Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala.

The two face murder charges after an alleged drag race resulted in the death of four schoolboys in Soweto.

The court case has been marred by violent angry protests by students and residents.

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