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Shamila Batohi. Photo: GCIS/ Flickr

Batohi goes on the defensive: Snubs complaints over NPA performance

Shamila Batohi insists that rushing NPA prosecutions isn’t the recipe for success. This comes after MPs slammed its ‘lack of progress’.

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Shamila Batohi. Photo: GCIS/ Flickr

NPA head Shamila Batohi has come out in defence of the National Prosecution Authority’s progress in Parliament on Wednesday.

Members of Parliament recently grumbled over what they feel has been a lack of progress in her arena.Earlier, MPs voiced their frustration over the NPA’s limbo in corruption and apartheid era cases.

Nevertheless, Batohi insists that it is unfair to place blame on her leadership skills in this regard.

“We are at this point moving forward, there’s definitely a focus. But I think when you go backwards and look at why were these cases not dealt with, then it’s unfair to put everything and ask the NPA to answer why have these cases not been brought to book.”

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Shamila Batohi. Photo: GCIS/ Flickr

NPA success critical for SA’s future

Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach had denounced the lack of process in Batohi’s arena over the course of the past three years.

“It is not good enough to tell us, we need to be patient. Our patience has run out. That runway is closed.” 

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 In response, the NPA boss insisted that rushing the task at hand would be ‘counterproductive’. Batohi stressed that the ‘future of the nation’ relies on the success of SA’s criminal justice system.

Batohi silent on Cronje drama

On the topic of Advocate Hermione Cronje’s controversial exodus from the NPA, Batohi pointed out that many factors had contributed to the situation.

“Advocates Cronje’s resignation and the Exco’s decision to approve is a culmination of many, many factors and I’m not going to discuss this in Parliament.”

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Both the NPA boss and Justice Minister Ronald Lamola appeared before the Justice Committee following the Cronje’s resignation. Unsurprisingly, Batohi was hesitant to go into detail after the recent cloud over Cronje’s head.

A Pretoria News article made waves after claiming the outgoing advocate had spent a small fortune on white advocates from the Western Cape.