Section 179 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Act No. 108 of 1996), created a single National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
The National Prosecuting Authority has the power to:
Institute and conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of the State.
Carry out any necessary functions incidental to instituting and conducting such criminal proceedings (this includes investigation).
Discontinue criminal proceedings.
Justice in our society, so that people can live in freedom and security.
Guided by the Constitution, we in the National Prosecuting Authority ensure justice for the victims of crime by prosecuting without fear, favour and prejudice and by working with our partners and the public to solve and prevent crime.