- President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again vowed to take action against those guilty of state capture
- The leader was speaking during his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address
- In addition to this, Ramaphosa said FW de Klerk's comments on apartheid were 'treasonous'
Members of Parliament held nothing back as they weighed in on President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address.
Providing his own feedback on Thursday, Ramaphosa warned that 'those who continue to steal from the people' will face the might of the law:
"We continue to rebuild the critical institutions that were eroded by state capture."
Substantial resourced have been diverted to the National Prosecuting Authority to capacitate the prosecution service, enabling the body to fill over 800 posts last year:
"The NPA is a critical component of the criminal justice system that needs to have the means to contribute effectively to the fight against crime. To tackle serious corruption related to the capture of our state institutions, the NPA's new investigating directorate has been working closely with law enforcement, SARS [SA Revenue Service], the Financial Intelligence Centre, the SIU [Special Investigating Unit], the Reserve Bank and the private sector, and has been engaging with the Zondo commission."
State-owned entities have been recovering funds stolen, but Ramaphosa says this is just the beginning:
"And while Eskom and Transnet have between them recovered more than R2.3 billion in monies lost to corruption, we know that this is just a fraction of what has been lost to state capture. We are determined that all these funds must be found and must be returned, no matter where in the world we need to go to find them. We are determined that all those who have stolen from the people – and all those who continue to steal from the people – should face the full might of the law."
Briefly.co.za reported that FW de Klerk had come under immense scrutiny after insisting apartheid was not a crime against humanity.
Ramaphosa voiced his voices on the controversy, adamant that the impact of oppression was still felt today:
"Apartheid was so immoral in its conception and there is no South African living today to deny this, in my view it is treasonous."
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