The National Prosecuting Authority says it “cannot deny” that “severe political interference” stopped the state from pursuing dozens of cases linked to apartheid-era atrocities — against the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “The [NPA] does not deny that the executive branch of the state took what one can describe as political steps to manage the conduct of criminal investigations and possible prosecution of the perpetrators of the political murders,” senior prosecutor Torie Pretorius states in court papers filed this week. Pretorius’s evidence emerged in response to an application by apartheid-era police officer Joao Rodrigues to permanently stay his prosecution for the murder of activist Ahmed Timol. It has been met with outrage by 10 former TRC Commissioners, as well as the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation. They, as well as the family members of at least three murdered -anti-apartheid activists, have demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa institute an i...

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