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:
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.
May 24, 2018: State capture Commission of Inquiry set to start in August ✅
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo announces that the commission of inquiry into state capture is set to start its hearings in August. In an update to the media, he says the commission’s legal team already started contacting potential witnesses and making arrangements to interview them.
April 25, 2018: Parliament adopts terms of reference for Zwane inquiry ✅
Parliament’s mineral resources committee adopts in principle the terms of reference for its inquiry into the activities of former mineral resources minister Mosebenzi Zwane.
There have been allegations that Zwane was closely linked to the Guptas and acted in their interests, particularly with regard to the pressured sale by Glencore of its coal mine assets to the Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources.
The terms of reference proposed by Parliament’s legal adviser, Fatima Ebrahim, stipulate that the inquiry into Zwane will investigate alleged governance failures and maladministration within the Department of Mineral Resources.
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.
April 6, 2018: Zuma appears in court ✅
Former president Jacob Zuma appears in the Durban High Court on 16 charges relating to 783 payments, which he allegedly received in connection with the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal.
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 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.
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”.
February 14, 2018: Hawks raid Gupta compound ✅
On the morning of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as president in Parliament, the Hawks raid the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, as part of the special unit’s investigation into state capture. Three people are arrested in the raid, icluding
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.
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.
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.
May 24, 2018: New Hawks boss appointed ✅
Cabinet approves the appointment of former deputy national police commissioner advocate Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya as the new head of the Hawks.
Lebeya takes over from Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata, who was acting Hawks head.