- Shamila Batohi's appointment as the national director of public prosecutions has some hoping that charges will be laid against those implicated in state capture
- This comes after the Zondo Commission has heard weeks of explosive testimony about the extent of government corruption
- However, some government figures are likely to attempt to block any prosecutions
Arrests related to the State Capture Inquiry might be on the horizon.
This comes as new national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi is set to assume her role this Friday. There is also mounting pressure on the ANC to take action against implicated officials.
With the May elections fast approaching, the ruling party might need to prosecute those accused of corruption if it wants to salvage some votes.
While the Zondo Commission has revealed much shocking testimony about the depths of state capture, it is not a guilty-imposing commission. Instead, it is only interested in fact-finding. Batohi, however, will have the power to lay charges against those named in the Inquiry's findings, according to The Citizen.
However, certain government figures have been trying to block any such prosecutions. Among them is ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, a Zuma loyalist, Briefly.co.za has learned.
Magashule insists that government should wait for the Commission of Inquiry to hand over its final report before it takes any implicated individuals to task. This would stall any prosecutions for a considerable amount of time.
Likewise, other officials connected to the state capture network might try to frustrate prosecutions.
After all, Agrizzi himself has admitted that several high-ranking government figures have been bribed to protect the state capture patronage network from facing justice.
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