The NPA suffered a blow in December with the sudden resignation of Hermione Cronje as head of the ID.
Mhaga said it would take time to return the institution to its former glory.
“Rebuilding the NPA after years of being undermined by state capture actors was never going to be quick or easy. Yet, significant progress has been made and the NPA is slowly but surely being rebuilt to enable it to deliver on its mandate,” he said.
Among other priorities, the NPA would focus on internal processes to ensure that criminality or improper conduct was dealt with effectively.
Given the importance of avoiding the future capture of the NPA or any other state institution which brought SA close to financial collapse, it is crucial that the NPA’s de jure and de facto independence be assured, including its relationship with the executive and the manner in which the NPA’s senior leadership is appointed.”
The NPA has not provided time frames for possible prosecutions, but has assured the nation of its commitment to regain public trust.
“As the NPA ramps up the prosecution of those implicated in state capture, it is crucial that its actions are — and are seen to be — independent of any undue influence. Anything short of this will undermine South Africans' trust and confidence in the rule of law, which is already at concerningly low levels.”