Parliamentary intervention sought on prosecution failures
Johannesburg's Mayor Herman Mashaba wants Parliament to intervene in what he claims is the NPA’s failure to prosecute the city's criminal cases.
According to a Polity report, Mashaba said he had written to the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for Justice & Correctional Services Bulelani Magwanishe with a list of the cases ‘receiving inadequate attention by the NPA in Johannesburg’.
‘The city has also submitted a number of damning forensic reports relating to some of these criminal matters,’ he said.
Mashaba said the city's anti-corruption unit, the Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS) – created soon after he was elected mayor – had received and investigated 5 597 cases since its establishment.
‘The estimated value of contracts and matters investigated total just under R34bn.'
The city had engaged the DPP in Johannesburg for months to ensure that the city’s criminal matters were brought to finality, the mayor added.
‘However, these engagements have not resulted in any meaningful progress or successful prosecutions.’
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