The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will establish an investigating directorate, which will focus on evidence that has emerged at the state capture commission, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday night. Ramaphosa said it had been agreed with new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi that the directorate be established in her office, to deal with serious corruption and associated offences. Ramaphosa would soon promulgate a proclamation that would set out the specific terms of reference of the directorate. The now-defunct Scorpions was the last investigative directorate within the NPA. The Scorpions was shut down by the ANC government in January 2009.

The Hawks, which forms part of the South African Police Service (SAPS), was established to fill that void. The Hawks, like the NPA, was seen to be political, influenced under former president Jacob Zuma. Ramaphosa said the new directorate would ...

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