Fri. Apr 12th, 2024

Ronald Lamola, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, announced the establishment of specialized teams tasked with prosecuting crimes from the apartheid era as documented by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Lamola emphasized the prioritization of these cases, revealing the appointment of dedicated prosecutors and investigators focused on advancing these prosecutions. Since 2019, efforts have been underway to identify cases warranting expedited handling within the criminal justice system, considering factors such as the age of the case, suspects, witnesses, and the availability of records.

Asserting the continued priority status of TRC cases within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Lamola highlighted the establishment of a dedicated unit within the NPA to address these matters. This renewed focus follows recent public discourse on TRC cases, sparked by former President Thabo Mbeki’s denial of any obstruction in investigating these crimes.

While former TRC commissioner advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC has raised concerns about delays in prosecuting TRC-related matters and called for an independent inquiry, Lamola affirmed ongoing efforts to expedite investigations and prosecutions.

Responding to queries from Good Party Member of Parliament Brett Herron, Lamola outlined the measures taken, including the establishment of a separate TRC component within the NPA and the appointment of dedicated prosecutors and investigators. Lamola also highlighted collaboration with the Hawks for investigations and the submission of regular progress reports on the status of these cases.

Efforts to strengthen collaboration between the NPA, Hawks, and relevant government departments underscore a commitment to addressing historical injustices and delivering justice to victims and their families.

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