President Ramaphosa lauded the unwavering resilience of the South African Judiciary in combating corruption, underscoring the detrimental impact of corrupt practices on crucial institutions like the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and law enforcement. Speaking at the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Dialogue, he drew attention to the deeply entrenched nature of corruption in the country, citing revelations from the State Capture Commission’s investigations.
Approaching three decades of democracy in South Africa, the President emphasized the necessity to reflect on both the positive and negative facets of the nation’s journey, particularly highlighting the corrosive consequences of corruption on economic growth and public trust. Commending the retrieval of R5 billion by the Asset Forfeiture Unit, he outlined ongoing endeavors to recover an additional R14 billion.
President Ramaphosa lauded the Judiciary’s autonomy and praised Advocate Batohi’s endeavors in reconstructing the NPA. He acknowledged the challenges faced in rebuilding these institutions after the era of state capture, recognizing the substantial efforts required to restore their integrity and effectiveness.