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NPA needs to move swiftly to prosecute state capture cases

Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) to guarantee that evidence acquired during the state capture is treated seriously and that those responsible are prosecuted.

The DA shadow minister of justice and correctional services, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, has urged the NPA and the DPP director, Advocate Shamila Batohi, to take expeditious action against those implicated in the Zondo Commission investigation.

“The prosecution of the former minister of social development, Bathabile Dlamini, for perjury after she gave a false testimony during an inquiry into her role in the 2016 social grant crisis shows that the NPA should seize this opportunity to pursue high-level cases,” Breytenbach said.

In regard to the Investigating Directorate, Breytenbach said DA has submitted parliamentary questions to the NPA due to the lack of updates or any prosecutions showing that the State is serious about pursuing and prosecuting the allegations before the Zondo Commission.

Breytenbach said Eskom, Transnet, Denel, and the State Security Agency have consistently misappropriated their piggy banks.

“Serious accusations have been levelled against prominent individuals, making South Africa an economically stagnant country,” said Breytenbach.

According to Breytenbach, rather than caring for South Africa’s poor and vulnerable masses, the ANC has allowed South Africa to be looted and destroyed in order to enrich its political elite, including the Gupta family, whose extradition proceedings remain stalled.

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