IPID and NPA to work closely to strengthen the fight against crime and corruption

Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) Acting Executive Director, Mr Victor Senna, accompanied by his management team, met with the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Adv Shamilla Batohi and her team on 26 April 2019. The meeting had been requested earlier by the IPID to seek the NDPP's intervention in relation to the prosecution of cases referred to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by IPID. The meeting focused on the following:

1) Delays in the prosecution of IPID cases, especially high profile cases.
2) Concerns on how some IPID cases were handled by the NPA prior to Adv. Batohi's appointment. The IPID felt that there was bias and in some cases decisions not to prosecute did not make sense at all.

The meeting was very fruitful and both parties agreed on the need to work together in ensuring that those within the ranks of SAPS charged with wrong doing are brought to book without fear or favour.

Mr Senna said: "I am pleased that in line with the resolution of the meeting the NDPP will appoint a team of prosecutors to review all IPID high profile cases and advise NDPP on way forward."

The meeting also resolved that the NDPP will implement measures to ensure that prosecutors work closely with IPID in ensuring the speedy prosecution of cases.

The two institutions further committed themselves to working together in the fight against crime and corruption and ensuring speedy prosecution of cases no matter who is involved.

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