1887

n SA Crime Quarterly - A story of trials and tribulations - the National Prosecuting Authority, 1998 - 2014

USD

 

Abstract

Established in 1998, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) immediately had to deal with escalating levels of serious crime. Through a variety of innovations, including prosecution-driven investigations popularised by the 'Scorpions', specialised career paths for prosecutors, a focus on performance measurement, and improved conditions of service, the NPA quickly became an employer of choice for a new generation of law graduates. Over the last 16 years, the NPA's specialised units have performed well. However, the NPA's performance at the level of the lower courts - where the vast majority of prosecutions occur - has been mixed. With the appointment of its sixth head or acting head in late 2013, the NPA has been burdened with inconsistent - and at times, poor and unsuitable - leadership. Relatedly, political interference and the politicisation of the NPA have seriously undermined a once promising institution, negatively affecting staff morale and performance and sapping public confidence in the NPA. The future of the NPA as an institution that exercises its functions without fear, favour or prejudice, as mandated by the Constitution, hangs in the balance.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/iscrime/2014/50/EJC162924
2014-12-01
2016-12-03
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error