Section 36(3) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act, 1998 provides that the Director-General: Justice is, subject to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999, charged with the responsibility of accounting for State monies received or paid out for or on account of the prosecuting authority. Treasury Regulations issued in terms of the PFMA provides for the acceptance of gifts, donations and sponsorships. All cash gifts, donations or sponsorships must be paid into the relevant revenue fund. All gifts, donations or sponsorships received during the course of the financial year must be disclosed as a note to the annual financial statements of the institution.
From the above, the framework for the acceptance of private donations in government operates under strict protocols. Further, prosecutors are constitutionally mandated to exercise their prosecutorial powers without fear, favour or prejudice.
In keeping with the PFMA, and the degree of transparency required, oversight over donor funding is exercised by the Office of the Auditor-General as well as the Internal Audit Team. An internal register of all donations is kept centrally and will enable the NPA to disclose these donations in the Annual Financial Statements as per the National Treasury requirements.
The prosecutorial independence of prosecutors ensures that there are no impediments that will prevent the NPA to prosecute private donors who violate the law.