John Oxenham and Michael-James Currie (assisted by Tyla Lee Coertzen) assisted Accountability Now in preparing representations to the South African Constitutional Review Committee and the Justice Portfolio Committee on the introduction of a non-trial resolutions framework in South Africa.
Non-Trial Resolutions (NTRs) are agreements between legal/natural persons and enforcement authorities to resolve corruption cases without a full trial or administrative proceeding. This can significantly assist prosecuting authorities in reducing resources (in an already capacity constrained environment) and assisting with the reduction of potentially lengthy disputes in multiple jurisdictions. While support and use of NTRs has increased significantly worldwide, South Africa’s lack of a regime significantly affects its ability to resolve large cases of bribery and corruption. South Africa is also advised to implement an NTR framework in the 2021 OECD Combating of Foreign Bribery and Corruption Recommendations.
This follows the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee’s NTR Project Roll-Out initiative.
Read our submission here.