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npa thumb100 BL Premium reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), still leaderless after the Constitutional Court ruled Shaun Abrahams’ appointment invalid, is in the midst of a financial and staffing crisis that is compromising its ability to do its job.  

Some eight months since President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to address "leadership issues” at the institution, it is being hamstrung by budgetary constraints and resignations that have left 1,064 posts, including 244 "critical" posts, vacant.  Acting national director of public prosecutions Silas Ramaite told parliament this week that "budgetary constraints severely strain the NPA’s ability to function optimally and deliver mandatory services".  This also comes at a time when the NPA is expected to pursue complex and expensive prosecutions arising from revelations in the Zondo and Nugent commissions, as well as private sector scandals such as the collapse of Steinhoff International.  The NPA needed about R761.6m to fill its more than 1,000 vacant posts, with R144m of that earmarked for the 244 "critical posts", Ramaite indicated.  The crisis at the NPA has intensified since 2015, when a full moratorium on the filling of posts was put into effect.  The situation worsened when it lost more than 300 officials from the 2016/2017 fiscal year to the end of September.  That left it with a 19% vacancy rate, exacerbated by increased levels of absenteeism.

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