Pretoria - The first candidate to face Minister Jeff Radebe's eight-member advisory panel on the National Director of Public Prosecutions appointment (NDPP) on Thursday, senior prosecutor Advocate Andrea Johnson insisted the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is wounded but not paralysed to do its work.
"As I sit here, today, for an interview for the position of national director, the NPA out there is not at a standstill. It is not paralysed. I have junior colleagues who are currently in court doing cases and doing them well," Johnson told the panel at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
"I have colleagues who are appearing at the SCA [Supreme Court of Appeal] and in the high court. I just want to clarify, we are not paralysed but we have had serious instability and at times we have been quite chaotic.
"If I say we are paralysed, I do not give credit to the men and women who work up every single day, regardless of what NPA top management is doing, and do the work."
Johnson was co-prosecutor with then celebrated NPA prosecutor Advocate Gerrie Nel in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Gerrie has since left the NPA.