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AS IT HAPPENED | Ramaphosa announces govt's responses to Zondo Commission recommendations

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23 Oct 2022

COMMENT | Biggest announcement of the night (by far): the fact that the Investigating Directorate (ID) will now be a permanent anti-corruption agency in the NPA. This effectively reestablishes the Scorpions, which was successfully investigating corruption in the NPA before being shut down by the ANC government after charging ANC leaders like Jacob Zuma and Jackie Selebi.

I was disappointed at the lack of other strong announcements or actions by Ramaphosa, particularly with regards to the public procurement or tender system. He referred many decisions to more panels, further input or Parliament.

It was also disappointing that Ramaphosa didn't announce action against members of his Cabinet who were named in the Zondo reports. Why does he need more time to fire those implicated like Gwede Mantashe (Bosasa), Zizi Kodwa (EOH) or David Mahlobo (SSA)?

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

He says he has "every confidence" that the country will prevail. 

He has wrapped up his address.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says: "Those who are involved in corruption, or who are even thinking of it, must know that all the instruments of the state will work to bring them to book. 

"We look forward to the deliberations as we take forward the recommendations of the commission. We are emerging from a dark and difficult period."

23 Oct 2022

He says: "In conclusion, let me express our gratitude to Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. We recognise the contribution of the former public protector Thuli Madonsela, whose initial investigation laid the foundation for this commission.

"The hard work to repair our country and rebuild our trust in each other still lies ahead. This administration is ready to undertake this task... Where corruption has occurred, for example in the procurement of Covid-19 goods, we have held those accountability."

Ramaphosa says this is in part down to strengthening all arms of law enforcement. 

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa promises that progress over these implementations will be made public. 

23 Oct 2022

Regarding the recommendations on Parliament, Ramaphosa says he is mindful of the separation of powers and Parliament's right to make its own rules. He says Treasury will engage with Parliament to ensure Parliament is resourced to do its work.

- Jan Gerber

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa turns to ministers and MECs.

He says the commission found that Cabinet had not found politicians involved in state capture accountable

He says David Mabuza will speak to Parliamentary officers on the link between Parliament and the national executive, to ensure they can be held to account. 

23 Oct 2022

He turns now to elections. He says recommendations will be put through consultations with the public and political parties, since implementing changes will mean changing parts of the Constitution.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa turns to whistleblowing. 

He says the Department of Justice is reviewing witness protection policies, which will be more in-line with United Nations standards. 

23 Oct 2022

The president says the government will apply all the commission's recommendations on intelligence sectors. On the SSA, Ramaphosa says weaknesses in the regulatory framework made the intelligence services vulnerable. All the commission's recommendations in this regard will be implemented.

He says a new bill will establish a new domestic and foreign intelligence service.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says donations to political parties in expectation of state contracts will be criminalised.

- Jan Gerber

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says the government will consider a commission of inquiry into Prasa. He says, however, there are ongoing wide-reaching investigations taking place, and government will wait to see their outcomes before calling for a commission.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa turns to the lack of transparency in the appointment of board members. He says interventions will now include the appointment of independent panels to recommend members. No board member will be allowed to be involved in procurement. Ministers will be prohibited from playing any role in procurement. 

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa announces that a dedicated corruption commission to respond to state capture will be out for public comment. 

He says, to curb the abuse of public procurement, will be addressed by a new bill which will be completed in March next year. This will include stronger legislation, and establishing a body for public procurement officials. There will also be lifestyle audits.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says the commission made 95 recommendations which would regard Constitutional changes, and other reforms. 

23 Oct 2022

He says 1 044 entities are likely involved in state capture. 

23 Oct 2022

He says a total of R2.9 billion has been recovered so far. SARS has collected more than R4 billion in unpaid tax.

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says "significant resources" have been put into ensuring law enforcement is able to respond to state capture matters. He says there are 26 cases, 89 cases, and 165 accused persons have appeared in court so far. 

23 Oct 2022

He says the commission recommended the establishment of two government entities. He said the recommendations mainly dealt with changes within the state. 

Ramaphosa says he sent the report to the ANC, Airports Company SA, auditor-general, Denel, City of Joburg, Hawks, Eskom, the Free State government, the KZN provincial government, the magistrates' commission, the NPA, the North West government, SAA, SABC, SARS, SSA, Transet and Prasa.

23 Oct 2022

The president says we are indebted to the whistleblowers who came forward with information. He also talks about the investigators, researchers and journalists who played a role in uncovering state capture.

Ramaphosa reiterates the reports saying that there was no doubt of state capture in SA. He says the commission made more than 300 recommendations. This includes recommendations regarding assets. The majority were of a criminal nature.

23 Oct 2022

He says the inquiry took evidence from more than 300 witnesses. There were four reports submitted to Ramaphosa. 

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa: "Through the implementation of the actions contained in this report, we can start a new chapter and a new leaf in our struggle against corruption."

- Qaanitah Hunter

23 Oct 2022

COMMENT | Ramaphosa rightly acknowledges former public protector Thuli Madonsela, who published her seminal report "State of Capture" six years ago in October 2016. This report led to the Zondo Commission and the unearthing of state capture and corruption in multiple institutions. Madonsela's efforts to save South Africa from the Zuma/Gupta cabal were historic.

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa's pays tribute to whistleblowers and those who gave evidence to the state capture commission. 

23 Oct 2022

He says the public now expects "redress and accountability". 

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says the government's response to the recommendations of the Zondo commissions has been submitted to Parliament six years to the month of former public protector Thuli Madonsela's "State of Capture" report. 

23 Oct 2022

COMMENT | I agree with Adriaan. We must never forget the lasting effects of state capture. The president is right to point to the fact that state capture was a massive contributor to the decline in public institutions. This is why the Zondo Report is so important.

- Qaanitah Hunter

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa uses the opportunity to remind the nation of the strides made in fighting corruption during his tenure - the appointment of a new NDPP (Shamila Batohi), the inception of the Investigating Directorate (ID), that will now be permanent, and the appointment of new leaders at SARS under Edward Kieswetter.

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa announces that the Investigating Directorate will be permanent in the NPA to fight corruption.

He says his administration has tried to limit influence over appointments at institutions. He says SARS is being "rebuilt", in part using recommendations from the Nugent Commission. 

23 Oct 2022

"We see the effects of state capture... in our weakened institutions, in the public debt of some our institutions, lack of service delivery," Ramaphosa said.

- Qaanitah Hunter

23 Oct 2022

COMMENT | Very significant and important that Ramaphosa highlights Transnet, Eskom, SAA, the Hawks, NPA and state departments as scenes of crime in state capture crime. As these institutions struggle to recover from being plundered by a coordinated syndicate, led by former president Jacob Zuma and the Guptas, it is important to remind ourselves who the architects were.

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

He says state capture was a "deliberate effort" to "sustain illicit activities" and "avoid" accountability. He says his administration has taken steps to fight state capture, this includes senior appointments at the Hawks. 

23 Oct 2022

He says our democracy has, however, been "resilient". "Despite our efforts to bring state capture to an end, it has continued."

He now mentions issues plaguing state-owned enterprises and law enforcement, saying their failure is us "feeling the hand of state capture."

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa: "The corruption that was perpetrated in our country was a crime against the people of South Africa... the money that was stolen robbed our people of resources."

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says public servants and private sector entities "infiltrated" state institutions and caused widespread corruption. He says this is a "betrayal of our democracy, and an assault on the institutions we built to uplift our people."

23 Oct 2022

He says "few people could have imagined that from... among our public servants would emerge a network of public theft."

23 Oct 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he submitted Cabinet's response to the Zondo Commission's report to Parliament yesterday. "This was no ordinary commission of inquiry".

- Adriaan Basson

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa says he is going to outline the "critical actions" over the commission's recommendations and to "forever bring an end to state capture".

23 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa has begun his address...

23 Oct 2022

Any moment now...

While we wait for Ramaphosa's address, you can catch up with our latest report on state capture. 

On Saturday, we reported that Former president Jacob Zuma - who was called a "critical player" by the Zondo Commission in the Gupta’s plan to capture Eskom - claimed that the utility was being surrendered to international commercial interests.

Zuma was speaking at a media briefing in Joburg.

You can find all our top state capture stories in this special report.

23 Oct 2022

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo previously doubted whether an ANC-run government would manage to curb future instances of state capture. 

He was speaking at News24's On The Record summit.

23 Oct 2022

President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on the steps the government is taking to implement the Zondo Commission's report recommendations. 

His address is expected to reveal how the authorities will act against perpetrators of state capture, and how it could be prevented in the future. 

Earlier today, Ramaphosa submitted Ramaphosa's responses to the recommendations outlined in the reports. 

His briefing will begin at 20:00.
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