popcruThe Star reports that the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has called for the rejection of plans by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola for private donors to fund the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).  

In July, Lamola said the department was in the process of securing private donor funding for the NPA because it was cash-strapped.  Popcru spokesperson Richard Mamabolo said the union was not in favour of the move because it would tarnish the authority’s credibility.  “The NPA is too important to be at the mercy of individuals who might have vested interests, as this would mean that this law enforcement body would be indebted to donors.  We should never agree to private donations under the guise of saving our institutions while coming with strings attached that would redirect the purpose and objectives of the NPA,” he said.  Meantime, Popcru’s ninth congress will be held in Durban from Monday, when it will elect new leadership and adopt policies.  Around 1,200 delegates are expected to converge on Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre for the five-day conference.  On the union’s agenda will be discussions over the strategies that should be adopted on how best to fight against the government’s plan to slash the SA Police Service’s budget in the next three years, which the union said would result in 23,000 jobs being lost.

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