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n Journal for Juridical Science - Engagement of prosecutors not in the employ of the National Prosecuting Authority

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-252X
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Abstract

This article focuses on the engagement of prosecutors not in the employ of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute certain cases. Such prosecutors are appointed in terms of section 38 of the 32 of 1998. The article starts by presenting a number of recent court decisions that dealt with the application of this section and contextualises the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Given that it was in that the constitutionality of the section was challenged, the approach of the SCA and the reasons for its decision are discussed. It is submitted that the SCA's decision is a welcome step, in that the court has pronounced itself definitively on the constitutionality of the section and also outlined the approach to be used in determining which appointments of prosecutors, in terms of the section, are acceptable and which are not. In particular, the article explains the test to be used in making that decision.


Hierdie artikel fokus op die aanstelling van aanklaers van buite die geledere van die Nasionale Vervolgingsgesag om as aanklaers op te tree in sekere sake ingevolge artikel 38 van die 32 van 1998. Die artikel verwys na 'n aantal onlangse hofbeslissings wat gehandel het oor die toepassing van artikel 38 en toon aan dat regsonsekerheid geheers het tot en met die besluit in Die benadering van die Hoogste Hof van Appèl (HHA) en die redes vir die beslissing word bespreek, omdat die grondwetlikheid van die artikel aangeval is in die -saak. Dit word geopper dat die besluit van die HHA 'n welkome stap is omdat die hof gesaghebbend uitspraak gelewer het oor die grondwetlikheid van die wetsartikel en ook die benadering uitgestip het wat gevolg behoort te word om die besluit te kan neem wanneer aanstellings van aanklaers in terme van artikel 38 aanvaarbaar is al dan nie. In besonder word die toets wat toepaslik is om hierdie besluite te neem uiteengesit.

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2016-12-10

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