'NPA conviction rate jumps 14%'

Minister Michael Masutha says the NPA has stabilised under its new head Advocate Shaun Abrahams

FILE: Advocate Shaun Abrahams. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) conviction rate has gone up by just over 14 percent overall.

Masutha's R18 billion budget for justice and constitutional development is being debated in the National Assembly this afternoon.

The minister says the NPA has stabilised under its new head Advocate Shaun Abrahams.

"The NPA recorded an 82 percent conviction rate in trio crimes [which refer to carjackings, house robberies and business robberies], 88 percent in organised crimes and a whopping 94 percent in complex commercial crimes."

The minister says the fight against sexual violence has also been taken up a notch with the re-introduction of dedicated courts to deal with sex offences.

He says draft legislation to deal with hate crimes, including hate speech, will be introduced to Parliament before the end of the year.