NPA IN THE DOCK: Thumbs up for the prosecution service

  • Martin Schönteich Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa, criminal justice system


General public confidence in the criminal justice system and the government’s handling of crime is low, according to an Institute for Security Studies survey. Yet, most people trust the police and would willingly give evidence in court. People who have been to court as state witnesses are more positive about the work of the prosecution service compared to those who have not. Indeed, most court users have a positive opinion of prosecutors and the work they do. Dissatisfaction is primarily a result of lengthy delays in trials, and unhelpful and unprofessional prosecutors.

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