The NPA comes on The Wits Justice Show with brilliant results

NPA-logo-448x272The Wits Justice Show on Thetha FM has had its most well received show yet. Calls, feedback and texts flooded in after the NPA came on the show to chat about the rather complicated topic of evidence.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube came on the Wits Justice Show and gave us insights on how a proper case is built from evidence and accepted by the court. Residents are often frustrated by cases being kicked out of court and cite corruption as a reason for the process discontinuing. We wanted listeners to know that corruption is not always the case: the evidence can simply be too flimsy. So we analysed how the police collect evidence and work with the NPA, the “weight” of different pieces of evidence (from a witness to a weapon), what a court will accept and what they need to proceed to a trial.

WJP has partnered with community radio station Thetha FM in Orange Farm to develop a show that looks at people’s rights and here was a good example of how the NPA has overlooked the station several times in the past, but with the help of WJP a partnership was formed and informative radio was produced.


On the podcast:

This week we are podcasting one of our past “It Could Be You” stories on the DNA Act. Palesa Manaleng went to the SAPS Forensic Headquarters in Pretoria and spoke to the different section heads about the bill and the process involved in collecting DNA and how DNA impacts a criminal case.

DNA is a topic that WJP is trying to revisit frequently on The Wits Justice Show as it is crucial for people to understand when navigating the criminal justice system.

Listen to the podcast here.

Podcast released: August 15th 2014.

A new podcast is online every Friday.


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The Wits Justice Project combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all.

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