NPA says no short cuts for cases

South Africans will have to wait a little longer before they see the successful prosecution of thousands of cases on the National Prosecuting Authority's radar. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans will have to wait a little longer before they see the successful prosecution of thousands of cases on the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) radar.

Nine months into her job as NPA head, Shamila Batohi says there are no short cuts.

Batohi held a briefing session on Tuesday. 

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“Some of the challenges I faced in the organisation is very low staff morale, and there were various reasons for this. One of the issues was the budget, the lack of money in the NPA but that was part of a major budget advocacy strategy,” said Batohi.

“Since 2015 or 2016 there's been no recruitment in the NPA, zero, that means we lost more than 800 prosecutors in this period across from junior prosecutors but more so senior people retiring with a lot of expertise we were not able to fill these posts and this had a devastating impact on the organisation.”

But where's the evidence that the NPA has at least been trying – even against such odds?

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That's when Batohi's head of investigations, a mere six months into her own job, revealed that among other cases, they've just re-enrolled two significant ones they previously lost but are now confident of winning.

One involving the Gupta-linked Estina Dairy Farm Project, and the other the elusive former crime intelligence boss, Richard Mdluli, who had apparently relied significantly on classified information, among other methods, to evade successful prosecution.

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eNCA