KZN Cosatu calls for corruption courts

2013-01-31 00:00

THE Congress of the South African Trade of Unions (Cosatu) in Kwazulu-Natal is calling for discussions on the possibility of establishing special courts dedicated to corruption-related cases.

“We are worried about the slow pace to prosecute those found to be involved in acts of corruption. We have forensic investigations conducted by the state, but [there is] little consequence,” Cosatu provincial boss Zet Luzipo told a press conference on Tuesday.

“If you go to courts, there is maintenance court [and other special courts] … why can’t we have highly specialised courts to fast track and facilitate these cases of corruption?” he said.

Luzipo said other issues that should be up for discussion should be the corruption amnesty and rehabilitation programmes for inidviduals found guilty of corrupt practices.

“There is a view in some quarters that the question of corruption amnesty has to be part of the process to address the behaviour [corruption]. In our KZN branch we are yet to take a position on the corruption amnesty …”

Luzipo also said rehabilitation for corrupt people also needed to be reviewed.

This was in light of overcrowding in prisons and those convicted being breadwinners of their families, he said.

Non-profit organisation Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said his organisation did not have a view on the issues raised by Cosatu.

But, Lewis said, Corruption Watch welcomed suggestions made of how corruption should be dealt with.

Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the concern on the delays experienced in prosecuting and sentencing corruption-related cases were noted by the department.

However, he said there were specialised commercial courts in all provinces which dealt with complex commercial cases, including corruption.

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