OUTA welcomes new NPA boss
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) welcomes the new National Director of Public Prosecutions on her first day in office.
“Advocate Batohi has her work cut out for her and we trust that she will not wait for the State Capture inquiry to wrap up before investigating and prosecuting those implicated and addressing other matters that need urgent attention,” says OUTA’s Chief Legal Officer, Advocate Stefanie Fick.
OUTA staff were at the NPA offices in Pretoria on Friday morning to show support for the new NPA boss.
“We feel it is important to set a positive tone and demonstrate our hopefulness, especially in the aftermath of Shaun Abrahams’ lack of action which led to low confidence in a pivotal institution in our country’s democracy,” says OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage.
“Extensive whistleblower information and the Gupta leaks have presented us with a barrage of evidence which we used to lay criminal charges against several state capture transgressors. These charges range from treason to corruption against top officials, some of whom still hold office,” says Fick.
To date OUTA has opened 14 criminal cases, which the organisation hopes will result in prosecutions.
OUTA was vocal in demanding Abrahams’ removal and supported the transparent interview process that led to the appointment of the new NDPP.
“While we are hopeful and supportive we remain vigilant. We recommend that Advocate Batohi cleans up the mess left by her predecessor and even possibly turns to the President to request additional resources to address the high volume of priority cases that we imagine must have piled up in her offices,” says Fick.