Cross-border crime a challenge for AFU

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Monday government would increase the number of prosecutors and...

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/ Eyewitness News.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Monday government would increase the number of prosecutors and investigators in the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

It forms part of his performance agreement with president Jacob Zuma to crack down on crime.

The minister was speaking at the first Annual General Meeting of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (Arinsa).

Director generals and senior officials in forfeiture units from the nine member countries met in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria.

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He said the World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery Forum was pleased with the region’s initiatives to tackle corruption when he addressed them in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Paris last month.

The AFU’s Willie Hofmeyr said networking was critical in securing assets.

However, he said they still had to address some cross-border legislative challenges.