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supporters still quite vibrant as court resumes after the tea break. ()
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supporters are directly outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court at the tea break. They've been at Freedom Park but made their way out a short while ago. ()
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Shamila Batohi and Hermione Cronje at the ⁦⁩ are bloody impressive. ⁦⁩ ()
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Batohi says that the high number of high level corruption cases done at the NPA in the last year, she could count on her one hand. (That is alarming in the greater context and we know it - there have been barely no corruption prosecutions or convictions). ()
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Lebeya on capacity of the Hawks: We have lost 100 staff since 2015 but we have recruited some back and we have seconded some from the SAPS into the Hawks. ()
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Batohi: There is no place for corruption in the NPA...we are defenders of the Constitution so we can't have corrupt prosecutors. ()
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Batohi: When you go after the king you have to make sure you kill him. We will be attacked. We have to have watertight cases. Solid cases. But we have to demonstrate the wheels of justice are turning. ()
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Question on the Guptas and whether being out the country means they escape liability. Cronje: I spent the last few years working in countries recovering proceeds of crime. Anyone who tries to escape justice by fleeing, there are steps to ensure accountability. ()
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NDPP Shamila Batohi says she found the NPA worse than she had expected. Says she's been talking to a number of people and found that there were persecution of certain prosecutors. She also adds that "there are a lot of very, very good people in the NPA".  ()
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Cronje says that wherever she goes and asks about people in the system, eyebrows are raised and she is told 'watch our for that one' so it's unavoidable that there will be people who will also be subject of investigations. ()
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A question on the cooperation between organisations. Gen Sitole is the subject of an IPID investigation so won't there be a conflict? Batohi is firm: From the president down, if there is evidence, you will be prosecuted. ()
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Cronje: Bosasa and Estina are cases that have already been before court so they are higher up on the priority list so we will move speedily on them. You will have to judge us on action. ()
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Cronje: We have been working quite closely on state capture commission. The volume has been mind boggling. We have agreed to work more closely on witnesses that are testifying, if there are witnesses we intend using that we share that information. ()
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Batohi: Those who wanted to fight the good fight had a really difficult time. I'm looking at some of the decisions and thinking how could we have taken these decisions. In many ways we failed the people of SA. It was very disappointing. ()
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Batohi was asked what she found when she arrived at the NPA. She's laughing. 'Why do you ask such difficult questions'. Says she found dedicated staff, groundswell of support. ()
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Batohi on whether she would have preferred a Scorpions type setup: We don't want those turf wars that would have existed. The powers of the ID is very similar to what the Scorpions had. I'm looking forward to dealing with our partners in law enforcement. ()
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Batohi on whether the same accusations that the Scorpions faced will happen: That is going to happen, she says. Expects personal attacks too. This has got nothing to do with any agendas, it's about the evidence. ()
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Cronje: We have been inundated with Thuma Mina offers of assistance from institutions and organisations. (This is very encouraging. There will be a call to procure private sector skill. But we won't compromise on quality). ()
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Cronje: We want to act but at the same time we want to develop our capacity and understanding. It's a balancing act. We will spend far more energy and focus. You won't hear from us every other week, but when we act you can have confidence. ()
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Cronje won't say who they are going to be swooping on first but says some cases are far along. Putting the cases through a process of peer review. The evidence will determine who the masterminds are. ()
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