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NPA boasts highest conviction rate to date

The NPA says it’s achieved between 70 and 95% successful convictions in the courts to date.

FILE. The NPA says it’s achieved between 70 and 95% successful convictions in the courts to date. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has achieved some of its highest conviction rates to date and despite the perception of the NPA waning in the court of public opinion, its performance in the Oscar Pistorius trial has proven that it is up to the task.

The NPA says its biggest hurdles have been dealing with high profile cases involving wealthy individuals.

Its success rate in the courts is between 70 and 95 percent, with the majority of convictions taking place in district courts.

On Tuesday, Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for the 2013 Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The sentence brought seven months of televised legal wrangling to an end at the High Court in Pretoria.

Acting Deputy NPA head Willie Hofmeyr says, "There is a challenge. It's not a challenge just in South Africa, it's a challenge throughout the world when you're dealing with people who have huge amounts of money and can fight endlessly…"

He says, "I think in the Oscar Pistorius case, for example, we've shown that we can match fire with fire in those cases."