President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to sign a proclamation that will lead to the establishment of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) new investigative directorate.
According to a Business Day report the presidency said this was a “priority proclamation”, which the president wanted to submit to the 5th parliament before it came to an end on Wednesday.
Last month Ramaphosa assured MPs the Scorpions are not back and that setting up a special unit within the prosecuting body as allowed by the NPA Act.
In his state of the nation address, he said he had agreed with the new National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi that a new investigating directorate would be set up to tackle serious corruption.
Columnist for Sunday Times and Business Day, Peter Bruce who made a call for the unit in an opinion piece says the appointment of an investigative director may yield results.
He says: “The investigative director can do literally what they want, they can call in private sector lawyers and accountants to help them, there is no end to their powers and they simply report directly to Shamila Batohi. I think there is going to be a lot of action from this office and what the interesting thing is going to be is whether Cyril Ramaphosa is going to take it in a sense that he can’t interfere.”
Executive Director of Corruption Watch David Lewis says this is an exciting development.
He says: “The announcement makes it sound like the terms of reference will be quite specific. I could certainly suggest a couple of priority investigations. I think it is important to keep this independence. It has to be carefully managed. If we have to restore faith in government, then prosecutions are needed.
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