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Ramaphosa Signs National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill Into Law

This robust legal action underscores the commitment of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to uphold justice and integrity within the governmental framework.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Amendment Bill, signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa, marks a significant milestone in the South African legal landscape.

Introduced in 2023, this legislative action sets the groundwork for the creation of the Investigative Directorate Against Corruption.

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This new directorate is designed to be a robust, prosecution-led agency, specifically targeting high-profile and complex cases of corruption, commercial, and financial crime. Its establishment is a strategic move to strengthen the nation’s efforts in combating serious criminal conduct.

President Ramaphosa, in his speech at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, underscored the importance of the Investigative Directorate.

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He emphasized that the agency will be a permanent fixture within the NPA, endowed with comprehensive criminal investigation powers. The inclusion of the existing Investigating Directorate into this new entity is aimed at streamlining efforts and pooling resources to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in tackling corruption.

The formation of this directorate is not just a structural change but a strategic enhancement to address the complexities involved in prosecuting intricate corruption cases.

One of the paramount challenges that the NPA has faced is the issue of capacity and expertise. The new directorate is expected to bridge this gap by recruiting and retaining specialized skills necessary for its mandate.

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By focusing on building a team with the requisite expertise, the Investigative Directorate aims to improve the NPA’s ability to investigate and prosecute sophisticated criminal activities comprehensively.

Over the past five years, the Investigating Directorate (ID) has made significant strides in combating corruption and state capture in South Africa.

One of the most notable achievements includes taking 39 state capture and corruption cases to court, involving 212 accused individuals and 68 accused entities.

This robust legal action underscores the commitment of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to uphold justice and integrity within the governmental framework.

In addition to these cases, the NPA has secured the conviction of nearly 700 government officials for corruption-related offences.

The Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the NPA has also demonstrated remarkable effectiveness. The AFU has successfully restrained and preserved state-capture assets valued at over R14 billion.

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Moreover, the recovery of over R6 billion, which had been illicitly diverted into the hands of individuals involved in state capture, highlights the comprehensive measures taken by the NPA to address financial crimes.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged these accomplishments, stating, “The efforts of the Investigating Directorate and the National Prosecuting Authority are pivotal in our fight against corruption. Their successes in court and asset recovery are crucial steps in restoring the integrity of our institutions and ensuring that justice is served.”

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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