President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: REUTERS/MIKE HUTCHINGS

President Cyril Ramaphosa will give the National Prosecuting Authority extra power to go after those implicated in state capture, by signing the proclamation to establish the new investigative directorate before parliament closes on Wednesday

Ramaphosa made the fight against corruption and restoring credibility to the NPA priorities when he took over office from predecessor Jacob Zuma.

In his state of the nation address in February, he promised the establishment of the investigative directorate, to be housed in the office of the national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi.

The presidency said on Tuesday it was a “priority proclamation”, which Ramaphosa wanted to submit to the fifth parliament before it came to an end on Wednesday.

“It is a significant step in our quest to strengthen measures we have at our disposal to fight crime and corruption,” said presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko.  

On Tuesday evening, it was not yet confirmed whether the president had signed the proclamation, but he was expected to do so.

The establishment of the directorate is a key step in the fight against state capture.

Ramaphosa said the new directorate would focus on the evidence given at the state-capture commission, chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, as well as other commissions and disciplinary inquiries.

He said it would identify priority cases to investigate and prosecute and would recover assets which were seen to be proceeds of corruption.

“The directorate will bring together a range of investigatory and prosecutorial capacity from within the government and in the private sector under an investigating director reporting to the national director of public prosecutions.”

The proclamation is expected to be gazetted on Friday.