NPA, Justice dept. face financial "crisis"

The Justice Department has to save up to R92 million in order to continue working efficiently.

Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Several opposition parties have described the Justice Department's financial woes as a crisis.

It emerged in a parliamentary reply by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe this week that due to financial constraints, his department would not be able to recruit more prosecutors for some time.

The department has to find ways to find ways save up to R92 million.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) member of Parliament (MP) Koos van Der Merwe said this was very concerning.

"This is obviously a crisis because you need prosecutors to curb crime."

Steve Swart, who sits on the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice, said: "We will be looking into this aspect when the department and the minister, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), present their budget."

Radebe also admitted the financial constraints could impact on the running of newly established courts.

This could include specialised sexual offences courts, which the department is trying to revive.