[Infographic] South Africa's prosecuting authority: How do Investigating Directorates work?

Legislation empowers the President to establish Investigating Directorates within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The offences it may investigate must be submitted to Parliament and published in the Government Gazette. During the Mandela Presidency there were two Investigating Directorates. These Directorates later became the DSO or Scorpions. When Zuma became president, the DSO was replaced with the Hawks in the police. In 2019, President Ramaphosa established a new Investigating Directorate within the NPA. This infographic provides an overview of the mandate, powers and future of Investigating Directorates.

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