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Is 2020 the year of high-profile prosecutions?

6 January 2020 11:49 AM
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Shamila Batohi
Advocate Shamila Bathohi

Crime journalist Mandy Wiener explains the relationship between the NPA and the Hawks and challenges they face with prosecutions.

There were many testimonies of corruption in 2019 coming out of the Zondo commission, Nugent commission and the Mokgoro commission among others.

However, there has been an outcry from the public on the lack of prosecution following these damning revelations involving some high-profile citizens.

Pressure is mounting on the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi to make prosections in 2020 of those implicated in corruption and other cases.

Eusebius McKaiser speaks to journalist and author of Ministry of Crime Mandy Wiener, who says there is a massive amount of pressure on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to make arrests.

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I think Shamila Batohi is extremely aware of expectations and she's been at pains to lower those expectations and to repeatedly say to the public we need to make sure we not only take people to court but the cases are winnable.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and Author of 'Ministry of Crime'

It is not about prosecutions, it is about convictions and bare in mind most convictions take time.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and Author of 'Ministry of Crime'

Wiener adds that Batohi is mindful of creating a perception of being politically motivated in her prosecutions.

She has already faced a backlash, saying she is in Parvin Gordhan's camp so if for example, she goes after Ace Magashule for a charge of corruption in the Free State, then she would be mindful of how that would be like.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author of 'Ministry of Crime'

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She adds that there is a capacity issue of the Hawks.

The Hawks is facing a 50% vacancy rate while the NPA is facing a 20 % vacancy rate and it is across the board.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author of 'Ministry of Crime'

Wiener explains the importance of whistleblowers.

The NPA needs to look at the people the media has dubbed whistleblowers and decide are they whistleblowers or are they complicit.

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author of 'Ministry of Crime'

Can we use the people as a witness or can we prosecute them?

Mandy Wiener, Journalist and author of 'Ministry of Crime'

Listen to the full interview below...


6 January 2020 11:49 AM
Tags:
Hawks
Corruption
NPA
Looting
vbs
vbs looting
Shamila Batohi
Advocate Shamila Bathohi

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