NPA needs more money - Shaun Abrahams

2017-03-29 18:01
NPA head Shaun Abrahams. (File)

NPA head Shaun Abrahams. (File) (SABC Digital News)

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Cape Town – The National Prosecuting Authority needed more money to help sustain the institution, Parliament heard again on Wednesday.

NPA head Shaun Abrahams presented the body's annual budget and performance plan to Parliament’s justice committee, reiterating earlier calls for more funding.

The NPA told the committee that its R3.55bn budget went mainly to national prosecuting services (78.4%), while 13.2% went to support services.

Budget constraints were a big problem, Abrahams said.

The entity took the committee through some of their challenges, the biggest of which was money.

The NPA’s Hanika Van Zyl said, in order to counter this, they were doing a number of things, including not filling posts.

The NPA was losing an average of 13 people a month, the committee heard, which amounted to almost 100 in the financial year.

They had started with 4 983 staff members in April, but that number had been whittled down to 4 882 in January, she said.

They would only be able to replace 12 of the 100, Van Zyl said.

With these personnel losses, they were saving about R42m, she said.

"If you look at this, we might be able to break even," she said.

But the situation was not ideal.

They had also put a hold on their aspirant prosecutor programme, she said.

The aspirant prosecutor programme was a six- to 12-month training programme.

"I find the current situation completely unacceptable. It has major negative repercussions for the future and the sustainability of the institution if we cannot continue with the aspirant programme," Abrahams told the committee.

They would not be able to sustain the NPA without the aspirant programme, the committee was told.

The NPA also presented its targets for the year, which were questioned for being "too low" in some instances.

These included targets for cybercrime prosecution, and corruption related crimes.

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