Mashaba threatens NPA over failure to act
City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba has written to Justice Minister Ronald Lamola to resolve an ‘impasse’ with the NPA over several corruption cases, he said yesterday.
According to a News24 report, Mashaba said he and his team had been in a two-year battle with the NPA to convince it to prosecute several serious cases referred to it by the city's Group Forensic and Investigating Service (GFIS).
‘Through GFIS, the City of Johannesburg has investigated thousands of cases of corruption involving officials who have abused their position within the city for personal gain,’ he said.
Mashaba alleged that the NPA had ‘not shown much enthusiasm’ in deciding whether to further investigate or prosecute these cases it received.
‘As a result, public officials and businessmen who stole millions from the city are still walking our streets freely without any fear of being held to account for their criminality,’ warned Mashaba.
He said he had issued the NPA with an ultimatum and deadline of 7 October to decide whether to prosecute these referred cases.
If that failed, the city would approach the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) to compel the NPA to do so and make a formal application for nolle prosequi certificates.
This would allow the city the chance to take the private prosecution route with the fraud and corruption cases.
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