prosecutions

Expert Criticises Police’s Incompetency

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the recent dropping of high profile cases shows that there is no ‘sound relationship’ between the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

ISS senior researcher, Johan Burger, states that sometimes police rush to make arrests without gathering sufficient evidence because of public or political pressure.

Burger adds that in so-called ‘low profile’ cases, the level of incompetency as far as investigating is concern is worse than in ‘high profile’ cases.

NPA Head Urged to Rise Above Factions

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says the new National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head must rise above the factions and demonstrate the ability to prosecute without fear, favour and prejudice.

CASAC executive secretary, Lawson Naidoo, points out that the new NPA head, Shaun Kevin Abrahams, must rise above the factions and demonstrate the ability to prosecute without fear, favour and prejudice.

The NPA Crisis that Should Never Have Happened

Barely a year into his tenure as South Africa’s National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana is embroiled in a highly public scandal.

Early media reports stated that shortly before new cabinet ministers were appointed, the former justice minister, Jeff Radebe, had asked him to resign because he failed to reveal that he had previously been charged and acquitted of murder.

The Appointment of New NPA Head Welcomed

The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) has welcomed the appointment of Mxolisi Nxasana as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The association believes Nxasana's proven leadership capabilities, in-depth understanding of the South African legal system - criminal law in particular - and his unblemished track record will bring back the integrity, dignity and respect of the National Prosecuting Authority. BLA further states that if granted the space and necessary support, Nxasana will carry out his constitutional mandate without fear, favour or prejudice.

Zuma to Oppose CASAC Court Application

According to a newspaper report, President Jacob Zuma will oppose a rights lobby group's Constitutional Court application to force him to appoint a permanent National Director of Public Prosecutions within 30 days.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (CASAC) has asked the highest court in the land to force Zuma to make the appointment.

The report claims that Zuma's legal team has already informed the rights group in writing of the president’s decision to oppose the application.

CASAC Slams NPA Over Breytenbach

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) announcement to review suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is an ‘immature and emotional response’.

CASAC’s Lawson Naidoo, describes the NPA's decision as ‘utterly surprising’ and ‘lacking in substance of merit’.

A disciplinary hearing found Breytenbach not guilty on 15 counts brought against her by the NPA, after advocate Selby Mbenenge, ruled that there was no evidence to sustain any of the charges against her.

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