How does South Africa's witness protection programme work?

The National Prosecuting Authority's witness protection programme offers a safe space for individuals to share information that could help investigators crack criminal activities.

The kind of crimes concerned include human trafficking, illegal drug trade, terrorism, money laundering and corruption.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to NPA spokesperson, Advocate Luvuyo Mfaku, about the details.

If you have information that would end up being prosecuted in court by the National Prosecution Authority, you must give that information to police as a responsible citizen.

Adv Luvuyo Mfaku, NPA spokesperson

Mfaku said the programme has been successful, with no witnesses being threatened since the programme commenced 16 years ago.

While stringent rules apply in the programme, some witnesses have been integrated back into communities once their lives are no longer in danger.

Each witness is assigned a protector, they enter into a protection agreement with rules of engagement.

Adv Luvuyo Mfaku, NPA spokesperson

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