NPA accused of dragging their feet with more than 600 fraud cases

NPA accused of dragging their feet with more than 600 fraud cases

- The Special Investigating Unit accuses the National Prosecuting Authority of being slow to act on fraud and corruption allegations

- Advocate Andy Mothibi, head of the SIU, says there has been almost no feedback on the 686 cases they handed over

- Mothibi is concerned about the lack of action and feels the SIU's work isn't making any impact because of it

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The head of South Africa's Special Investigating Unit, Advocate Andy Mothibi, said most of the cases his unit handed over to the National Prosecuting Authority are being ignored.

These cases were given to the NPA between 2013 and 2018 and have reached a number of 686.

Most of these cases are corruption- and fraud-related and implicate businesspeople and officials. In most cases, contracts have been awarded illegally.

News24 reported Mothibi said on Thursday that since 2014, the SIU has received no feedback from the NPA.

Mothibi tried to address the NPA's lack of action and an agreement was signed in 2016 which stipulates the SUI and NPA would have monthly meetings but that proved fruitless.

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Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams signed the understanding but the SIU is still unhappy about what's happening.

Mothibi said he doesn't know what's the reason the NPA is taking so long to respond.

The NPA however, said it had to refer the SIU's cases to the Hawks as only they and the SAPS can handle criminal investigations.

Luvuyo Mfaku, spokesperson for the NPA, said they are giving the cases all the necessary attention.

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He feels the impact of their work isn't showing if there is no actions taken. Mothibi added it is difficult to cancel corruptly awarded contracts and get the money back.

Mothibi hinted that the SIU is in the process of trying to establish a special tribunal to make their work more effective.

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