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NPABusinessLive reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not have enough money to pay all of its salaries this financial year and will have to slash staff by more than 550 if it is to remain within budget over the medium term.  

This financial crisis could worsen an already volatile situation at the cash-strapped authority, which is already understaffed and needs more prosecutors.  The dire financial state of the institution came into focus on Tuesday in parliament when a delegation from the NPA, led by national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi, briefed the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services.  Batohi said vacancy rates were about 20% on average in the country.  The percentage was even higher at 25% to 28% at specialised units such as the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit.  In actual terms, the NPA had lost about 600 prosecutors since 2015 as a result of not being able to recruit any new prosecutors, which has a major impact on delivery of services, Batohi reported.  She said the NPA needed urgent intervention as it found it “extremely difficult” to meet demands on it.

  • Read the full original of Claudi Mailovich’s report in the above regard at BusinessLive

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