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JUSTICE AND SECURITY

“This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

To this end, he made several commitments:


State capture

The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture must go ahead, but should not displace the regular work of the country’s law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting any and all acts of corruption. Corruption, fraud and collusion in the private sector must be fought with the same intensity, Ramaphosa said during the SONA.

UPDATES:

April 17, 2018: State Security Agency DG Arthur Fraser moved to Correctional Services

The State Security Agency has announced that its director general, Arthur Fraser, is being moved to the Department of Correctional Services.

Jacques Pauw, in his book The President’s Keepers, accused Fraser of running the parallel intelligence network during a previous stint at the spy agency before 2010. According to the book, an internal SSA probe concluded that Fraser should be charged with treason for his role in the running of the project.

March 24, 2018: Ramaphosa amends state capture inquiry regulations 

Ramaphosa makes a technical amendment over criminal culpability to the regulations guiding the state capture inquiry.

“On the basis of legal advice, the president has amended regulation 8(2) to limit the inadmissibility of such evidence to circumstances where a witness may incriminate themselves,” the Presidency said in a statement.

Regulation 8(2) now reads:

“A self-incriminating answer or a statement given by a witness before the commission shall not be admissible as evidence against that person in any criminal proceedings brought against that person instituted in any court, except in criminal proceedings where the person concerned is charged with an offence in terms of section 6 of the Commissions Act, 1947 (Act No. 8 of 1947).”

March 7, 2018: Zondo announces State Capture Commission team 

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond announces the appointment of key staff for the State Capture Inquiry which includes former Auditor-General Terrence Nombembe as head of investigations. Advocate Paul Pretorius leads the team of lawyers.

Zondo says that the rights of those who appear before the commission will be respected, “and the whole job will be done in a manner that is proper, thorough and professional”.


NPA

The leadership issues at the National Prosecuting Authority will be urgently attended to, to ensure that it is stabilised and strengthened to perform its mandate unhindered.

UPDATES:

March 16, 2018: NPA to prosecute Jacob Zuma 

The National Prosecuting Authority says it believes it can successfully prosecute former president Jacob Zuma.

Embattled NPA boss Shaun Abrahams announced that Zuma will be prosecuted for one count of racketeering, two counts of corruption, one count of money laundering and 12 counts of fraud.

February 23, 2018: Shaun Abrahams appeal withdrawn ✅

President Cyril Ramaphosa withdraws the president’s appeal against a High Court judgment that NPA boss Shaun Abrahams should vacate his position, after the court found Jacob Zuma was conflicted when appointing Abrahams. Zuma and Abrahams appealed the decision together, but with Ramaphosa withdrawing his appeal, Abrahams now fights on alone.


Police

A community policing strategy will be implemented, with the aim of gaining the trust of the community and securing their full involvement in the fight against crime.

A youth crime prevention strategy will empower and support young people to be self-sufficient and become involved in crime-fighting initiatives.

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