Thu, 21 Jan 2021

South Africa not winning the fight against corruption, yet - NPA boss Shamila Batohi

The department and its entities expected a budget cut of R2.2bn, but in the end it was only R416m.

Of this amount, R111m will be cut from the department's budget for compensation of employees and R122m from the department's infrastructure budget.

No further cuts

The NPA would cut R150 million from its compensation budget. Batohi said they planned to appoint 400 aspirant prosecutors, but would now only appoint 200.

She said they had challenges with the speedy appointment of aspirant prosecutors, so the money had to go back to Treasury.

"We didn't suffer further budget cuts," she said, adding that they might still be able to recruit more than the 200 aspirant prosecutors.

"The Investigative Directorate is not affected by these cuts," Batohi said of the unit probing state capture cases.

The Special Investigations Unit will receive a budget cut of R10 milliion and Legal Aid South Africa R23 million.

Committee chairperson Bulelani Magwanishe said they were pleased that the budget cuts were not as severe as what they thought they would be.

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