Monday, October 24, 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa announces changes to combat state capture and corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday, 23 October about the State Capture Commission of Enquiry, including changes to the country’s laws and established new agencies to combat corruption.

“I am addressing you this evening on the fulfilment of a responsibility that was given to the President of the Republic nearly six years ago”.

“Yesterday, I submitted to Parliament Cabinet’s response to the recommendations of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector”, he said.

In his address, the president outlined the long journey of the state capture commission, which led to the final report six years after the deep-rooted corruption within state structures was exposed.

“This evening, I wish to outline the critical actions that government is taking, and the work that has already been done, to give effect to the Commission’s recommendations and forever bring an end to state capture in our country”.

“This was no ordinary commission of inquiry. It was a commission whose work will have a lasting impact on our democracy and our country”, he added.

Ramaphosa then reiterated that the effects of stage capture are evident in South Africa, through state entities that remain ruined by financial and administrative problems, as well as the failure of the local and national government departments to deliver services to the population effectively.

“The corruption that was perpetrated is a crime against the people of South Africa. Corruption is a betrayal of our democracy and an assault on the institutions that we established together to advance the values of our Constitution and the interests of our people”.

“The money that was stolen robbed our people of resources that should have led to the development of our country and improved livelihoods”.

“Yet, even as state capture and corruption sought to compromise our democracy and destroy our institutions, our democracy remained resilient and the people of South Africa stood defiant and resolute”.

“Despite our achievement at bringing state capture to an end, its effect remains”, the president said.

 The president said that over 1,000 companies and entities are likely linked to state capture and corruption, and through the commission, a host of changes have been recommended to ensure that the country doesn’t go through the same process in the near future.

He said that the state capture commission made 95 recommendations, which include a number of wide-sweeping changes involving policy and even constitutional reforms. In order to fight corruption, Ramaphosa announced several interventions, the most important of these, is making the Independent Directorate permanent.

 Amongst the several changes Ramaphosa announced, he underlined an independent anti-corruption agency for procurement and an anti-corruption unit will form part of a fundamental redesign of the country’s anti-corruption architecture.

The president also spoke about the how greed, selfishness and abuse of power have destroyed the Nation.

"As we celebrated this fulfilment of the struggle of the South African people for democracy and peace, few could have imagined the depths to which our country would be dragged by greed, selfishness and the abuse of power."

"Few could have imagined that from among the leadership of our public institutions, from within our business circles, from among our public representatives and public servants, would emerge a network of criminal intent", Ramaphosa highlighted.


By Lulama Klassen

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