NPA lacks skilled investigators, says Shamila Batohi

npa lacks skilled investigators says shamila batohi

CAPE TOWN – Law enforcement agencies have again complained to Parliament about the dire shortage of skilled investigators to crack serious organised crime cases.

They also said the poor vetting process by state security and police intelligence was hindering the recruitment of senior and skilled officials.

The heads of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Special Investigating Unit and the Hawks briefed Parliament finance watchdog Scopa on Wednesday about the status of investigations at key state-owned enterprises (SOE)s.

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The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, said while a lot of progress was made in investigating grand corruption and state capture at Eskom and other entities, they’re still desperately short of skills and capacity.

Batohi and the NPA listed several of what she calls “institutional impediments” to investigations.

“If you look at issues like skills, yes I think there are serious problems with skills relating to investigating these matters. It’s the numbers, but it’s also the right skills to deal with these matters.”

Hawks head Godfrey Lebeya said that the poor vetting of new recruits was also costing the entity.

“Because there’s a decision on senior management, we can’t appoint unless there is top secret security clearance. This is affecting us.”

The committee threatened to subpoena State Security Agency Minister Mondli Gungubele to explain the slow pace of vetting of senior SOE officials.

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