The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has finally decided to criminally prosecute four former apartheid policemen for the murder of Nokuthula Simelane, almost 33 years since her disappearance.
Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza says that although the decision must be welcomed, it is a forced one.
Ntsebeza added the decision comes after former national prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli revealed he had received political pressure not to prosecute cases involving security forces of the old regime.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:
Simelane's sister Thembi Nkadimeng, and host of organisations brought an application in the court to compel the NPA to either prosecute or hold an inquest.— Dumisa Ntsebeza, Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC
There must have been negotiations behind the scenes, between NPA director Shaun Abrahams and the family.— , Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC
It leaves a sour taste in the mouth for me because the NPA was given no less than 43 files after (TRC investigators) handed over the report to Nelson Mandela after 1998.— Dumisa Ntsebeza, Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC
Our investigations were never complete and the files were indicative of the fact that people didn't apply for amnesty.— Dumisa Ntsebeza, Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC
Those who killed Steven Biko, the Cradock Four, the Pebco Three. These are some of the cases we thought deserved prosecution for failure to ask for amnesty or full disclosure.— Dumisa Ntsebeza, Former Investigative Unit Head of the TRC