JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg's mayor Herman Mashaba wants parliament to intervene in what he says is the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) failure to prosecute the city's criminal cases.
In a statement on Thursday, Mashaba said he had written to the chairperson of the portfolio committee for justice and correctional services Bulelani Magwanishe with a list of the cases "receiving inadequate attention by the NPA in Johannesburg".
"The city has also submitted a number of damning forensic reports relating to some of these criminal matters," he said.
Mashaba said the city's anti-corruption unit, the Group Forensic and Investigation Services (GFIS), created soon after he was elected mayor, had received and investigated 5,597 cases since its establishment.
"The estimated value of contracts and matters investigated total just under R34 billion. Moreover, GFIS has been available to provide assistance to the SAPS (South African Police Service) and Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation) in order to expedite criminal investigations," he said.