- The newly-appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions has high hopes for her future at the helm of the NPA
- Shamila Batohi hopes to cull crime in South Africa by 50% over the course of the next decade
- She admits that she has a difficult task ahead of her but with a good team beside her, she is confident of results
Shamila Batohi recently revealed that she hopes to reduce crime in the country by at least half over the next ten years.
The new head of the National Prosecuting Authority admits that this is an ambitious task, one that will require the entity to have all hands on deck.
Batohi says she knows she had been given a difficult task, appointed to not only turn around the NPA, but also to stop crime.
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Speaking at the 6th Annual Kader Asmal Lecture in Sandton, Batohi said that it is her mission to ensure crime is prosecuted effectively:
"During my first briefing to the NPA staff in February, I said I thought I had an understanding of the gravity of the challenges and the nature of the corruption threats we face. I reminded prosecutors that morning that we are lawyers for the people and that the people don't trust us, the people don't trust their own lawyers. I committed to them that together, we would turn this around."
The NPA boss wants to have young, hungry prosecutors by her side to transition her vision into a reality:
"That is why I say we need young people to come up with new ideas how we can start making the criminal justice system more effective."
EWN reports that Batohi hopes one day to leave the entity in a better state than what she found it in.
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