I welcome Mr Hoffman’s, and different civil society actors’, constructive criticisms and necessary contributions to coverage debates. I share and perceive his frustration on the sluggish tempo of progress in relation to sure precedence circumstances that stay caught within the broader felony justice system.
But it surely’s merely not potential for me to reply intimately to each request or demand for updates on particular person circumstances, particularly when they aren’t at present being dealt with by the Investigating Director (ID). We now have necessary work to do, and we won’t be distracted.
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Since taking workplace because the ID within the NPA about 5 months in the past, I’ve adopted a strategic and targeted method to the issues throughout the mandate of the ID. The ID is a younger establishment created within the NPA at a time when your complete organisation was reeling after the ravages of state seize. We’re making necessary progress in rebuilding the NPA, and I belief that the majority South Africans respect this.
We now have enrolled greater than 80 circumstances, with at the least 30 high-profile suspects earlier than courtroom. And there’s extra to come back quickly. Along with the Asset Forfeiture Unit, we now have frozen over R5-billion in property as a part of our drive to take away the revenue from crime. We now have constructed relationships and strengthened our collaboration with key companions, and we now have mobilised necessary political assist and extra assets for our work. It’s a posh atmosphere, with many transferring components and completely different actors. I’ve offered common updates to the general public and parliament on the progress, and the challenges we face.
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Excessive-level corruption is an existential risk to our nation, which calls for a collective and holistic response. We have to work collectively if we’re to prevail. I stay targeted on delivering on my mandate, and bringing impactful circumstances to courtroom. Mr Hoffman doesn’t must query my dedication and experience to ship on this. I ask to be given the area to take action with out unwarranted assaults and pointless referrals to the Public Protector. DM
Andrea Johnson is the Investigating Director, NPA.