NPA to set up dedicated teams to investigate TRC cases

NPA to set up dedicated teams to investigate TRC cases

National Prosecuting Authority head Shamila Batohi says the NPA will set up dedicated teams to investigate Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) cases.


Batohi was in Parliament on Wednesday to answer questions on the resignation of the head of the Investigating Directorate Hermione Cronje.


She was also asked about the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s failure to prosecute several cases linked to the apartheid crimes, including those of the Cradock Four.


Batohi told MPs there is a centralised approach to ensure that all the cases are dealt with.


“We must recall that the TRC matter for various reasons has not received the focus and attention that this cases needed, it is critically important for the families of the victims, for the survivors to receive justice in this matters, and the reality is that up until now our country as a whole has failed them in terms of holding accountable those responsible,” she said.


Batohi says the process to recruit more prosecutors is underway.


“The capacity has been put in place and we need to give it some time to start seeing these cases coming through, we are working with the investigators that the families have appointed and it is this close collaboration with the family that will allow us to proceed.”


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