The Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, has been allocated an extra R272.9m, while the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which will soon be establishing a new special investigative directorate, gets no new money in the 2019 budget. The inquiry has been extended to February 2020 and evidence emerging from the public hearings will be the focus of the NPA’s new directorate. State capture and corruption have played major roles in crippling the economy and are estimated to have cost SA more than R100bn. The NPA, seen as politically influenced for a decade, has been largely undercapacitated and underfunded.

There are many vacancies, most of them in prosecutions roles. “Over the past couple of years SA has been grappling with corruption. We must root this out,” finance minister Tito Mboweni said in his budget speech on Wednesday. Despite not allocating money to the NPA or the new investigating directorate, he said the Treasury and the department of justice and constit...

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