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Prosecutors march in CT to mark International Anti-Corruption Day

Despite a good conviction rate, prosecutors say reluctant witnesses remain their biggest challenge.

FILE: Members of the Western Cape NPA say they want to declare the province a 'corruption-free zone'. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says financial mismanagement in some government departments make up the bulk of corruption-related cases it deals with.

Prosecutors held a protest march today in the Cape Town CBD to mark International Anti-Corruption Day.

Brandishing placards reading 'say no to corruption', a handful of state prosecutors took to the streets this morning.

With 47 cases involving corrupt government officials currently on court rolls in the Western Cape, the NPA's Derick Vogel says such cases are dealt with accordingly.

"A police official received R1,800 for destroying evidence in a black dollar scheme, and the court sentenced him to ten years in prison."

Despite a more than 70 percent conviction rate in corruption related cases over the past five years, prosecutors say witnesses who are reluctant to testify remains their biggest challenge.