"We recognise, as do all South Africans, that our greatest efforts to end poverty, unemployment and inequality will achieve little unless we tackle state capture and corruption in all its manifestations and in all areas of public life." Courtesy #Dstv403
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CAPE TOWN – A directorate to deal with serious corruption and associated offenses will be established in the National Prosecution Authority.
President Cyril made the announcement during his State of the Nation Address on Thursday in Parliament.
Ramaphosa said that there is an urgent need to establish in the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions an investigating directorate dealing with serious corruption and associated offences, in accordance with section 7 of the NPA Act.
The president said he will soon be promulgating a proclamation that will set out the specific terms of reference of the Directorate.
He further stated that the Directorate will focus on the evidence that has emerged from the Zondo Commission of inquiry into state capture, other commissions and disciplinary inquiries.
“It will identify priority cases to investigate and prosecute and will recover assets identified to be the proceeds of corruption,” Ramaphosa said.
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“The Directorate will bring together a range of investigatory and prosecutorial capacity from within government and in the private sector under an investigating director reporting to the NDPP.
“In the longer term, we will work with the NPA and other agencies of law enforcement to develop a more enduring solution that will strengthen the capacity of the criminal justice system to deal with corruption.”
Ramaphosa also remarked on the revelations of the Zondo Commission.
Witnesses testifying at the commission have fingered members of the national executive.
Ramaphosa stated that where there is a basis to prosecute, prosecutions must follow swiftly and stolen public funds must be recovered urgently.
“The revelations emerging from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture and other commissions are deeply disturbing, for they reveal a breadth and depth of criminal wrongdoing that challenges the very foundation of our democratic state,” he said.
“We commend these commissions for the work they are doing, often under challenging circumstances, to uncover the truth.
“These commissions need to be able to do their work without any hindrance, and we call on all those people who are in a position to assist them in their investigations to make themselves available.
“While these Commissions will in time make findings and recommendations in line with their mandates, evidence of criminal activity that emerges must be evaluated by the criminal justice system.”