SOUTH AFRICAN PROSECUTORS ACHIEVE 94 PCT CONVICTION RATE

The South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is forging ahead with its mission of ensuring justice for victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour and prejudice and has achieved a remarkable overall 93.8 per cent conviction rate from April 2015 until end-September 2016,

The Department of Justice and Correctional Services said in a statement here that for cases heard before the High Court, the NPA obtained a 93 per cent conviction rate, while in the regional and district courts, the conviction rates were 80 per cent and 95 per cent respectively for the same period.

The conviction rate for complex commercial crime cases stood at 91.5 per cent, while convictions in sexual offence cases stood at 71.5 per cent, the department said after Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha met with the leadership of the NPA last week.

Masutha met the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams, as well as the Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions and the Regional Directors of Public Prosecutions, the department said.

The Minister deemed it appropriate to re-affirm his support for the NPA, which plays a critical role in the administration of justice, despite the recent speculation surrounding the NPA. He appealed to the public and the media to allow the NPA to carry out its mandate, as guided by the Constitution and the NPA Act.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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