The AfriForum’s private prosecutions unit is questioning the absence of high-profile cases being dealt with by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) under the leadership of new prosecutions superior Advocate Shamila Batohi.
Advocate Gerrie Nel, briefing in Pretoria after AfriForum and trade union Solidarity announced that they will be pursuing a criminal case against former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe.
Last month, Batohi told Parliament that the NPA was facing an enormous cash crisis and skills shortage.
After her briefing, the public prosecutions body revealed that it was low on funds and had a shortage of almost 700 prosecutors.
Nel said the figures presented by Batohi and the Hawks to Parliament linked to successful prosecutions.
“But the silence with regards to people with political influence and the longer outstanding matters have been deafening. Nobody deals with the fact that there has been matters outstanding against politically connected people,” said Nel.
The NPA was not available for comment.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.