During his second State of the Nation Address (Sona) President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of a directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to deal with serious corruption.
He said that this new directorate will identify priority cases in order to investigate and to recover assets identified to have been acquired from corrupt deals.
This announcement has let to speculation that this new directorate is similar to the former Scorpions unit which was disbanded 10 years ago.
Is this new directorate the newer Scorpions with a different name?
Former Scorpion spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi says this is the last State of the Nation Address for this administration and the Sona was supposed to be a victory lap for the African National Congress (ANC).
But instead, the address was forward-looking as if the ANC already has the mandate to govern for another administration.— Makhosini Nkosi, Former spokesperson - Scorpion
That discomforts me as it sounded like a political campaign speech that was delivered in Parliament.— Makhosini Nkosi, Former spokesperson - Scorpion
He adds that the Scorpions was disbanded after a resolution by the ANC, and he is not sure if there has been a counter resolution from the ANC.
In the absence of that, we can assume that the Hawks will continue to exist and there will be a special investigative unit that will be in the NPA. I don't think it will have as many powers as the Scorpions did.— Makhosini Nkosi, Former spokesperson - Scorpion
He says what made the Scorpions successful was that it had illite investigators that were trained by Scotland Yard and the FBI.
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