Shamila Batohi to set up specialised team to take on state capture crimes
On her first day of work, the new national director of public prosecutions said that under her watch‚ the NPA's independence would be keenly protected
The new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP)‚ Shamila Batohi‚ is to immediately set up a specialised, multidisciplinary team to prosecute revelations of state capture. On her first day of work on Friday‚ Batohi said she spoke to justice and correctional services minister Michael Masutha, and they have agreed that a specialised team with investigative capabilities be established.
She also said that under her watch‚ the independence of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) would be fiercely protected and if its independence is transgressed‚ she is willing to take the matter to the Constitutional Court. “The allegations [of state capture] are unprecedented in terms of scope‚ nature and complexity of corruption‚" Batohi said. "It requires highly specialised well funded entity to be able to deal with this.” She was announced as NDPP in December by President Cyril Ramaphosa after a thorough interviewing and shortlisting process. Batohi‚ a former legal adviser at the I...