Africa-Press – South-Africa. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said its six-month priority plan to deal with state capture and high-level corruption was on track.
The NPA, in a joint statement with the Hawks on Friday evening, said it had aimed to take decisive and visible action against high-level corruption and state capture.
The NPA said there had been progress in a number of cases, including the Vrede dairy farm scandal, SA Express, and the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela museum, among others.
“The cases listed are seminal because they exemplify the workings of state capture, involving accused persons from both government and the private sector, who allegedly played vital roles in repurposing state institutions, syphoning off public funds for private gain and committing the most damaging forms of high-level corruption, including crimes committed as part of the state capture project,” the NPA’s statement read.
Previously, National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi had said the state capture inquiry had unveiled the need for an urgent response to criminality.
The nine cases tackled by the NPA and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known as the Hawks, include:
NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said: “Transnet is one of the primary and emblematic sites of massive looting of state funds at the peak of the state capture era. Enrolling these cases is an important milestone and outcome of our complex investigations.”
He said while the NPA was hard at work to deliver accountability, it was impossible “to prosecute ourselves out of decades of state capture”.