Pretoria - Aspiring National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Western Cape's Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock, on Thursday said he has a master plan to restore the public's faith in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
"I think the most important issue is that we need to lead by example. In all the values, the question of leadership becomes important. Leading by example is important in terms of the NPA values. Professionalism is something very close to my heart, it's how we go around doing our business," De Kock addressed an eight-member advisory panel led by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
"My approach is that all those people we lead in our institution, we lead as a collective. I empower everybody, so when I'm not there, anyone can step into the bridge. This is the culture of professionalism, and everything flows from that. Credibility flows from that."
De Kock said he was "very firm" regarding the need for professionalism among his staff in the Western Cape.
"One of the things I emphasise is the question of reputation and professionalism. I often say to them, when you are in court, it's your own reputation that's at risk. You can't hide behind the DPP or the NPA. You stand next to the victims of crime, within your own right. In a nutshell, that is how I try to instil values - by leading by example," said De Kock.