State of the Nation Address 2023



State of the Nation Address 2023

Leave No One Behind Leave No One Behind

Fighting corruption

Corruption undermines the delivery of services, hampers job creation and investor confidence, and damages public trust in the government.

Guided by our National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), government is taking decisive steps to expose and punish corrupt activities in both the public and private sectors, reform our institutions to make them stronger and more transparent, and restore a professional and effective public service.

We established the NPA Investigating Directorate to prosecute state capture and other significant corruption cases. The Investigating Directorate had by August 2022 enrolled over 20 corruption cases and charged 65 accused.

The National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council, consisting of people from across society, is in place to advise on suitable mechanisms to stem corruption, including an overhaul the institutional architecture for combatting corruption.

President Cyril Ramaphosa


  • Present a plan of action in response to the recommendations of the State Capture Inquiry.
  • Strengthen legislation and other measures to protect whistle-blowers.
  • Introduce special court rolls for state capture and corruption cases.

Progress on SONA 2022 commitments

Advocate Andrea Johnson appointed as head of the Investigating Directorate in the NPA

All parts of the State Capture Inquiry report now received

Regulations changed to allow State Capture Commission to share information with NPA

Investigations into COVID-19 corruption completed

Lifestyle audits for public servants underway

Task force established to prosecute those accused of state capture

The Public Procurement Bill has been finalised by Cabinet for introduction to Parliament

Political Party Funding Act signed into law

Since 2018, the Hawks have secured 4 500 convictions for corruption and other priority crimes to date

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