Sipho Mabena
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12 Feb 2022
5:50 am

NPA out of depth, and needs help to fight crime

Sipho Mabena

Presideny Cyril Ramaphosa said the government had gratefully acknowledged the offer of support from the private sector to assist the NPA.

Advocate Shamila Batohi addressing members of the media at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. 04/12/2018. Picture for illustration: Jairus Mmutle/GCIS

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is out of its depth, experts say, and it needs help. But the public-private crime-combating alliance announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa could be disastrous if not implemented and managed transparently. In the 2022 State of the Nation Address (Sona), Ramaphosa saidthe government had gratefully acknowledged the offer of support from the private sector to assist in providing government with skills needed to investigate and prosecute crime. He said to ensure the NPA remained true to its constitutional obligation and ensure transparency, his regime was developing a structure for private sector cooperation to be managed through...