- The National Prosecuting Authority has responded to the first section of the State Capture Report by forming a task team
- The NPA's task team will work in partnership with the Hawks to prosecute those named guilty within the report
- They added that they would go ahead with prosecuting the relevant cases regardless of whether the accused are from the private or public sectors
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PRETORIA - Last Tuesday (4 January), the Zondo Commission released part 1 of the State Capture Report, presenting findings from the State Capture Inquiry, which primarily consist of fraud, corruption and maladministration of government departments and state-owned enterprises.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has responded to the first section of the report by forming a task team to prosecute those named guilty within the report. The NPA's task team will work in partnership with the Hawks.
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They added that they would go ahead with prosecuting the relevant cases regardless of whether the accused are from the private or public sectors. News24 reports that the NPA and Hawks will freeze and repossess proceeds from criminal offences.
The NPA's plan for the foreseeable future
The NPA has been accused by the State Capture Report of falling victim to state capture and is working on rebranding itself moving forward, according to The Citizen. The authority acknowledged that this would not be an easy, quick process.
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“Yet, significant progress has been made, and the NPA is slowly, but surely being rebuilt to enable it to deliver on its vital mandate,” the NPA stated.
The NPA added that the mandate of the task team will be to review the cases contained within the report and ascertain which parties need to be prosecuted. in his suggestions towards the end of section 1, Judge Raymond Zondo recommended establishing a state capture court that exclusively tries these cases.
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South Africans react to NPA's response to State Capture Report
"So this country can't solve anything without forming a task force."
"Everyday in the Republic of Digital Vibes it’s a new commission, a new task force, a new advisory committee, a new report."
"In times of crisis establish a task force - South African proverb."
"So have they not been focussing on it?"
"Now we wait with bated breath (or not) to see if anything actually happens."
Helen Zille reacts to President Ramaphosa vowing to stop corruption in the ANC
Speaking about corruption, Briefly News has been on 8 January, President Cyril Ramaphosa publicly vowed to end corruption in the African National Congress (ANC) at the party's 110th-anniversary celebration in Limpopo.
Helen Zille, the federal council chairperson of the Democratic Alliance (DA), reacted to Ramaphosa's statement. Zille referred to Ramaphosa's promise as "a joke."
Ramaphosa said that the ANC would remove the measures that facilitate state capture, because he believes the capture threatens South Africa's democracy.
Source: Briefly News