NPA appoints investigators and prosecutors to handle TRC cases | TBEN

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The NPA has appointed lawyer Dumisa Ntsebeza SC to review the progress of the cases.

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  • The National Prosecuting Authority has appointed a team of prosecutors and investigators to handle TRC-related cases.
  • NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said 64 cases have been opened for investigation.
  • The NPA has appointed lawyer Dumisa Ntsebeza SC to review the progress of these cases.

The National Prosecutor’s Office (NPA) has appointed 25 prosecutors and 40 investigators to handle cases arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

NPA spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said 64 cases had been registered for investigation.

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He said this decision is a result of the NPA’s efforts to reopen cases originating from the TRC. The NPA has appointed lawyer Dumisa Ntsebeza SC to review its measures for the handling and prosecution of these cases.

Should Ntsebeza find evidence of a violation of NPA law, he would escalate those matters to the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

The NPA would also refer some cases for criminal investigation where necessary.

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Mhaga said the decision was in line with a 2019 ruling by the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, which said the NPA had to reassure the public that there would be no political interference in the handling of TRC-related cases.

The court said: “Finally, there must be a public assurance from the executive and the NPA that the kind of political interference that took place in the TRC cases will never happen again. In this regard, they must indicate the measures, including checks and balances .” , which will be introduced to prevent the recurrence of these unacceptable violations of the Constitution.”

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Mhaga said Ntsebeza had three months to finalize his reports and recommendations.


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