Justice Minister Ronald Lamola argues that it was difficult to establish the Investigating Directorate as a permanent body.
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Rebuilding the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and establishing its Investigating Directorate (ID) is like fixing a plane while it’s in the air, according to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.
The minister made the comment shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening, in which Ramaphosa described state capture as the “challenge” South Africa has faced in the past 30 years of democracy that “perhaps [caused] the greatest damage”.
“For a decade, individuals at the highest levels of the state conspired with private individuals to take over and repurpose state-owned companies, law enforcement agencies and other public institutions,” Ramaphosa said, leaving out that he was the deputy president during the latter half of the decade, and that he chaired the ANC’s cadre deployment committee.
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