- President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed corruption at his State of the Nation Address tonight, detailing his plans to combat the issue
- After the inquiry into state capture is concluded, the state plans to work closely with the NPA to ensure corruption is dealt with decisively
- This comes in response to numerous opposition parties calling for action to be taken in light of the widespread corruption uncovered recently
Speaking at his State of the Nation Address tonight President Cyril Ramaphosa mapped out his plans to stabilise and restore the credibility of the NPA, SARS, the State Security Agency and the South African Police Service.
Addressing the widespread corruption in the country President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled his plan to deal with the effects of state capture on vital state institutions.
The State Security Agency is set to be reconfigured, comprising of two arms, one for domestic intelligence and one for foreign intelligence:
"Among the steps will be the re-establishment of the National Security Council, to be chaired by the president to ensure better coordination of intelligence and security-related functions of the state."
On the revelations at the Zondo Commission the president assured the nation that the outcome would see the prosecution of those found guilty:
"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."
The president further spoke about strengthen laws outlawing public servants doing business with the state, ensuring that corrupt activities will be dealt with more effectively:
"This provision will see the imposition of harsher penalties, including fines and/or prison sentences for officials that transgress."
Ramaphosa also revealed that a task force will be established to ensure consequences for those who breach processes:
The Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit will be established to to strengthen management of ethics and anti-corruption and ensure consequence management for breaches of government processes
This comes in response to calls from numerous opposition parties, demanding the president take decisive action against those implicated in the looting and corruption uncovered by the work of the various inquiries.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance touched on the subject yesterday during his 'alternitive' address:
State capture is an indicator of the fact that it was not just the Guptas who were corrupt, the #Bosasa corruption proved the entire ANC is captured by many forces.
The BLF also weighed in on the matter, saying that there was enough evidence for the president to step down.
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