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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Merten.]

Prosecutions boss Shamila Batohi, said on Tuesday the National Prosecuting Authority faced a ‘massive credibility challenge’ and was ‘seriously divided’. Five months into the job, Batohi didn’t mince her words when she told MPs of a deep-seated skills shortage, including a shortfall of more than 600 prosecutors and a cash crunch that’s leaving the NPA R1.7bn short over the next three years.

“Massive” is a word National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shamila Batohi used often in her three-and-a-half-hour maiden appearance before Parliament’s justice committee. The prosecution service had “a massive credibility challenge”, alongside other “massive challenges” from skills to funding shortages, low morale and the “massive” task of ensuring integrity and ethics.

It’s an indication of the enormous task of rebuilding the NPA after several politically pliant appointments made during the Jacob Zuma administration — and the toxic and often debilitating office politics that engulfed the prosecution service at the highest level.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.3% y/y in August 2019 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in August 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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