Batohi says NPA will deal swiftly with anyone 'eying the cookie jar'

Batohi says NPA will deal swiftly with anyone 'eying the cookie jar'

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Shamila Batohi told Parliament that "during this time, there will be many eying the cookie jar," but the NPA would react swiftly.

Shamila Batohi
The Presidency
Batohi addressed the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services virtually on Friday.

The "cookie jar" Batohi was referring to is the R500 billion support package announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month.

Batohi acknowledges that the justice system is not designed efficiently deal with corruption cases.

"We must understand that the system is not designed to efficiently and effectively and quickly deal with corruption cases.

"I have said in the past that many advances systems take along to deal with these cases and we're not aiming for that but in addition to the cases - which you will see progress on - how do we build a system where it has the necessary capabilities in order to effectively deal with corruption," Batohi said.

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She says that a fusion centre concept has been put in place to centralise these matters on a national level.

"There is a strong recognition that during this time there will be many that will be eyeing the cookie jar as the government has various relief plans put in place.

"So within this JSCPS cluster, we are looking at these and we have in fact put in place a fusion centre concept so that all of these issues can be coordinated at a national office in a very strategic way so that we can react very swiftly to these crimes.”

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