Justice minister Michael Masutha promised on Tuesday the government would leave no stone unturned as it moves to stamp out alleged corruption in the state attorney’s office. The institution provides legal services to government departments but now stands accused of being involved in a host of elaborate scams that have cost the state more than R80bn. "It is going to be one of the largest and most wide-ranging investigations that the institution has ever conducted," Masutha told reporters. "When you do spring cleaning, you don’t leave certain nooks, because that is where cockroaches may hide." The Sunday Times reported that state attorneys who colluded with unscrupulous lawyers cost taxpayers more than R80bn by unlawfully settling cases and losing cases. The department of health is the worst affected‚ followed by the departments of police and correctional services. The weekend report also stated that the Eastern Cape is the most affected, with 80% of claims against the health departme...

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