Providing facts and figures about the performance of the National Prosecuting Authority to support improved prosecutions in SA.

View ISS research relating to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the functioning of the criminal justice system, and explore our NPA performance monitoring tool. Our NPA performance tool is hosted here.


It will allow you to access data on NPA performance and includes categories such as:

  • NPA budget and breakdown per programme
  • Number of cases finalised with a court judgment
  • NPA personnel information

Understanding the National Prosecuting Authority

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is central to the rule of law, and should stand for justice for everyone in South Africa.


In the criminal justice system, the police investigate crimes and make arrests, the NPA prepares and conducts prosecutions, and the courts evaluate cases and pass judgments. This document explains the role of the NPA and the steps required by legislation to bring prosecutions and secure convictions.

Prosecutions – Research

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