President Cyril Ramaphosa has positioned himself as a leader keen to root out corruption. Now his finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has given him the cash he needs to do just that. The budget has allocated R272.9m to enable the state capture commission of inquiry to continue its work. It has until February 2020 to do so. Mboweni revealed little in the budget address on the allocations that would go to the departments that form part of the peace and security cluster, but his line of march was clear: "Over the past couple of years SA has been grappling with corruption. We must root this out." He added that the National Treasury and the department of justice would work swiftly to support the establishment of the new investigating directorate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The directorate was announced by President Ramaphosa during his state of the nation address this month. While details will only be fleshed out when the terms of reference are promulgated, the president sai...

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