South Africa: Batohi - No Convictions for State Capture Accused in 2019 - Prosecutions Are Likely in 2020


After 300 days in office, the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi is not close to getting a State Capture accused into orange overalls.

In an update to journalists on Tuesday 19 November 2019, National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi said that there was progress in her department because a R1.3-billion budget boost to the National Prosecuting Authority means she can start filling positions.

The NPA is understaffed by 800 prosecutors who have either quit or not been replaced since 2016. This is a chunk of the total prosecutorial staff of 3,600 and with the new budget, the authority is on a hiring and promotions drive to lift staff morale, which she said was rock bottom when she arrived.

So, it will rain prosecutors soon, but will it rain prosecutions?

Batohi says her philosophy is to under-promise and over-deliver and to manage expectations, but she says she is well aware of the clamour for justice. "There is a real mandate for change in the NPA - it cannot be business as usual," she said.

But when asked if there was a single State Capture case close to being taken to court, she could not say.

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