State Capture: ActionSA Gives NPA Six Months for Progress Report

I have written to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shamila Batohi, thanking her for her timeous and considered response to our request for a meeting.

While we are disappointed that Adv Batohi did not accede to our request for a meeting, we are encouraged by her stated commitment that she will give effect to the recommendations of the Zondo Commission State Capture Report. 

While we appreciate and respect the need for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to discharge its mandate without prejudice, we will, however, monitor the progress of these prosecutions, including seeking a progress report in six months if necessary. Failing which, we will lay criminal charges ourselves against those we think have a case to answer for.

South Africans have had to endure endless corruption and a complete breakdown in the moral fibre of our government, which has been ventilated and exposed by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Nearly 4 years, with over 5000 pages and more than R1 billion disbursed by taxpayers into this painful but necessary exercise, we are yet to see concrete outcomes.

This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate that no one is above the law- even the politically connected. As such we implore the NDPP to begin the restoration of South Africa’s confidence in our criminal justice system and pursue prosecutions without fear or favour.