PRETORIA - Prosecutions boss Shamila Batohi on Friday said budgetary constraints have left the prosecuting authority under severe pressure and caused low staff morale.
Batohi, who took up the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) on February 1, said the prosecuting authority has not been able to recruit more staff to its ranks since 2016 as a result of the financial pressure.
Batohi said this has affected the morale of prosecutors and led to some cases being neglected.
"We won't be able to deliver the service people expect if this situation persists," Batohi told a media briefing on Friday, where she introduced Hermione Cronje, who will head up the NPA's Investigating Directorate.
Batohi said she had not anticipated some of the problems and was dismayed at the state of the NPA.