The building industry has welcomed plans by the government to act against extortion rackets, blamed for derailing multibillion-rand infrastructure and construction projects.

In his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he is “prioritising the problem of criminal groups that extort money from construction and other businesses” by bringing together specialised units drawn from the police and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to tackle these “crimes of economic disruption”. ..

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