Batohi is ready for battle
NATIONAL Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi says she is under no illusion that she, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the new Investigative Directorate will be the target of political attacks.
“That’s going to happen, that’s definitely going to happen. We are going to be accused of pursuing persons for political and other motives. And we expect to be attacked personally as well, and we hope that when it does happen, that civil society and those who want to fight the good fight will be behind us,” Batohi said at a press conference at the NPA’s headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria yesterday.
Batohi was updating the media about the progress she has made in reconfiguring the NPA since assuming office in February this year.
She also introduced Advocate Hermione Cronje as the head of the Investigative Directorate in her office. Cronje will lead a specialised unit to investigate and prosecute allegations of state capture and high-level corruption.
Both Batohi and Cronje seemed acutely aware of public expectations of the NPA’s new management and the political minefields they will have to navigate.
They also explained that the public’s expectation of justice must be balanced with fairness and the need for thorough investigations.
“When you go after the king you have to make sure you kill him. That means we need to have a watertight case.
“Not just the evidence will be attacked, but we will be attacked, from various quarters.
“We have to make sure we don’t rush with cases ...
She also dismissed politicians’ criticism of her, including Julius Malema – who accused her of being controlled by Pravin Gordhan – and said there would be many opinions about her: “I don’t really care what people say. I don’t care what happens on Twitter. I, and the NPA, know what needs to be done,” she said. — News24.