PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that there will be no political interference in the work of law enforcement agencies investigating corruption and fraud.
Ramaphosa was speaking during a joint sitting of Parliament to outlined his much-vaunted Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. The ambitious plan hopes to reignite economic growth by creating more than 800 000 jobs.
“We wish to assure all South African that there will be no political interference with the work of law enforcement agencies,” said Ramaphosa.
In recent weeks, supporters of former President Jacob Zuma and ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule have criticized ‘Hollywood-style’ arrests of several political heavy weights by the crime-fighting unit the Hawks, saying ‘State Organs’ were being used to target Ramaphosa’s political opponents in the governing party.
However, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has denied that the high-profile arrests of more than 17 suspects in the past few days were politically motivated.
Ramaphosa said the government has taken a decisive action to prevent and act against COVID-related corruption.
He added that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has made significant progress in probing allegations of criminal conduct in all public entities during the national state of disaster.
“The work of the SIU continues and the outcomes of the investigations will be made public once all the due process have been completed,” said Ramaphosa.
“Law enforcement agencies are being strengthened and provided with adequate resources to enable the identification and swift prosecution of corruption and fraud.”
(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)