Meanwhile‚ Batohi and Cronje also emphasised the importance of mutual legal assistance and engaging international partners. Cronje claimed that in the past few years‚ SA's posture had been “very much with its back turned” on the international community. “It has not welcomed support and has not sought out co-operation. I know‚ because I was out there trying to offer it‚ but it was not positively welcomed.”
Batohi said mutual legal assistance would have to work if they were to properly address corruption. “It's been publicly reported that about one-third of the GDP of the country has been stolen by corruption. That's an insane amount of money and the large proportion of that is probably out of the country.”
She said bringing back the money and being able to extradite people would be a big part of the strategy to deal with corruption.
Vusi Madonsela‚ director general for the justice and constitutional development department‚ said the executive would have to first discuss matters pertaining to the ability of the NPA to receive public donations from private citizens and from the private sector before parliament got involved in such a conservation.
“But we are already pondering a number of issues‚ including mechanisms that would be required to insulate the NPA from any possibility that some of the people that may make donations might well be the people who are supposed to be investigated‚ and the motive for making such public donations may well be suspect‚” he added.
He said those were matters that would have to be taken into account. Before such a policy initiative was taken forward‚ the matter would be brought to parliament to solicit further guidance.
Source: TMG Digital.