Reports & Articles

NPA Issue Paper 4: Transparency in high-profile corruption matters | by Jean Redpath
Author: Crystal
Published: Mar 17, 2022

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) tends to follow a highly secretive and confidential approach to all prosecutions, including those in relation to high-profile corruption. The problem with this approach is that it fails to take into account the reasons for confidentiality and secrecy, and whether or not those reasons still pertain in high-profile corruption cases. The approach also fails to appreciate the risks posed by an unnecessarily secretive approach in these kinds of matters. This Issue Paper will consider the special case of high profile corruption and comment on the nature and extent of transparency necessary in such cases.

NPA Issue Paper 5: Accountability of the NPA | by Jean Redpath
Author: Crystal
Published: Mar 17, 2022

Public accountability is crucial to demonstrating and achieving independence. Accountability through public transparency can achieve the level of prosecutorial independence and accountability required to ensure that the public has confidence in the decisions being made, thus ensuring the trust of public. Various kinds of accountability apply to the NPA: internal accountability, accountability to Parliament, and public accountability. This Issue Paper argues that heightened public accountability, through clarity and transparency of policies and processes, are required to ensure an objective, independent, Constitutional prosecution service, which enjoys public trust.

Policy brief: Local Government and crime in light of the 2021 Local Government Elections
Author: Crystal
Published: Nov 25, 2021

In view of the local government elections scheduled for 1 November 2021, the DOI, through two if its projects, hosted a webinar on 27 October 2021 to reflect on local government and crime within the context of the elections. The panellists were Prof Jaap De Visser, Prof Lukas Muntingh, Dr Jean Redpath and Ms Kristen Petersen.

Country Survey Report: Kenya
Author: Crystal
Published: Oct 11, 2021

Report by J Mangwanda with L Muntingh, T Lorizzo, K Petersen and J Redpath

RESEARCH REPORT: The Prosecution Service and the Provinces
Author: Janelle
Published: Sep 10, 2021

This paper explores the relationship between the provinces and the NPA by looking at the legal framework as well as a few case studies and examples of cooperation that have emerged. Recommendations are made for a way forward.

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