NPA talks tough on corruption

Casper Badenhorst, legal expert and senior associate at Ulrich Roux and Associates analyses the tough talk from new Investigating Director Advocate Hermione Cronje. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG - NPA head Shamila Batohi says the authority is serious about tackling corruption.

She says a lot more still needs to be done to improve matters at the NPA.

The NPA head was giving an update on the situation at the authority since taking office in February.

Batohi officially introduced the new Investigating Director Advocate Hermione Cronje to the public.

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Cronje will look at corruption in state-owned enterprises, the criminal justice system itself and the private sector. 

She said she's ready for the task that lies ahead.

"I am also aware of the problems on state-owned enterprises and the need to send a strong message that those who pocket funds earmarked for the development of our country and our people will face the consequences of their actions."

Cronje said the new Directorate in the NPA will focus on small number but complex corruption case.

She stated they will not only go after foot-soldiers but equally pursue masterminds.

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Cronje confirmed they would be prioritising high-profile cases like Bosasa and Estina Dairy Farm. 

"We are no superheroes. We don't have our costumes in the back there.

"But what we do have is all of you, every South African who wants to turn things around. I know we can do this."