Could NPA, Hawks, SIU and police budget cuts hurt prosecutions? We ask four experts

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James de Villiers spoke to four experts about whether budget cuts at the NPA, Hawks, police and SIU can hurt prosecutions, or whether it can actually help to improve law enforcement. 

The budgets of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), the Hawks and police will be cut in the current financial year, thanks to the country's deteriorating fiscal situation, which was exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In a presentation to a parliamentary committee last week, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development revealed that more than R422 million was cut from the NPA's original budget and R41 million was chopped from the budget of the SIU.

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