Prominent KwaZulu-Natal Aids scientist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim has lashed out at the National Prosecuting Authority and its head Shaun Abrahams for dragging their heels in prosecuting people implicated in the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report.
In a second strongly-worded letter to the authority, Karim questions the NPA’s inaction on corruption, which he says is destroying the country.
Karim says in a country which has more than 7 million people living with HIV, corruption has taken over the disease as the most serious scourge.
Karim says 400 days after the release of the public protector’s report, there’s been no prosecution.
“If we don’t have progress in fighting corruption, it’s a message to all those who are corrupt you can get away with this scot-free. If that’s the case then they’re destroying our country.”
The NPA denies it’s not making any progress. The authority says it’s been studying dockets handed to it by the Hawks on the 10th of November.
NPA Spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku says: “Our prosecutors are in possession of those dockets, we are evaluating the evidence contained in the dockets, they will then decide whether there is an outstanding investigation or not and refer it to the hawks if there has to be further investigations.”
The NPA says the investigation of commercial crimes and the prosecution thereof are often complex.