- Some of South Africa's greatest legal minds will be joining forces to help prosecute state capture crimes
- Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Wim Trengove, Ngwako Maenetje and Geoff Budlender have added their expertise to help with the investigation
- The Justice Department has set aside around R20 million to cover their fees in the endeavour
Top legal minds Tembeka Ngcukaitobi‚ Wim Trengove‚ Ngwako Maenetje and Geoff Budlender have joined the fightback against state capture and corruption.
South Africa's legal eagles have been briefed and will be aiding the investigation and prosecution of these crimes.
Department of Justice spokesperson Chrispin Phiri has commented on the situation, saying that:
“Treasury [has given] approval to procure four senior counsel to guide investigations and oversee prosecutions. The advocates will assist the NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] in their investigative work and where necessary with the actual prosecution of matters."
Business Live reports that the advocates will be paid their usual rates, but the fees may not exceed R5 million each, with R20 million allocated in total.
Treasury has committed to allocating R102 million to the National Prosecuting Authority, with R18 million going to the Asset Forfeiture Unit to expand its capacity and help recover looted funds.
Briefly.co.za reported that the United States had placed sanctions against the Gupta family and associates in response to allegations of their corruption.
This had left Justice Minister Ronald Lamola explaining what the government was doing in its bid to hold them accountable.
While progress at the State Capture Inquiry has been laboured, Lamola has ensured that every avenue has been pursued in the mission to hold the guilty accountable.
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