State of the Nation Address 2023



State of the Nation Address 2023

Leave No One Behind Leave No One Behind

The state capture inquiry

Over the course of three years, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector has heard many hours of testimony and gathered extensive evidence that will pave the way for successful prosecutions.

All parts of the State Capture Inquiry report have now been made public.

  • Volume 1 was released on 5 January 2022. It focused on South African Airways (SAA) and its associated companies, The New Age newspaper and the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
  • Volume 2 was released on 1 February 2022 and focused on Transnet and Denel.
  • Volume 3 was released on 1 March 2022 and focused on facilities company Bosasa.
  • Volume 4 was released on 29 April 2022 and focused on Eskom and a R1 billion housing project in the Free State, among others.
  • Volumes 5 and 6 were released on 22 June 2022 and focused on the State Security Agency, the SABC and the Vrede Dairy farm project, among others.

Read President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech upon receiving the final State Capture Inquiry report here.



Applications for leave to cross-examine and/or lead evidence


Witnesses testified


Hearings of evidence and procedural hearings

1 380

Requests for information by way of writing

1 438

People and entities implicated by testimony

3 099+

Rule 3.3 notices issued to implicated persons

3 171

Copies of summons to compel witnesses to appear

75 099

Pages of transcribed oral evidence

1 731 106

Pages of documentary evidence

8 655 530

Pages of documentary evidence printed for public hearing purposes


  • The publication of a national charter against corruption

  • The strengthening of protection for whistle-blowers and allowing them to financially benefit from disclosures

  • The creation of an anti-corruption agency dealing with public procurement

  • The deferral of prosecution of corporations if they cooperate fully and pay a fine

  • The creation of a professional body for procurement officers

  • The enhancement of transparency in public procurement

  • The strengthening of protection for accounting officers or authorities acting in good faith

  • The strengthening of the Prevention and Combatting of Corruption Activities Act (Precca)

  • The criminalizing of making donations to political parties in exchange for a tender

  • The introduction of stronger and more specific legislation relating to public procurement

  • Note: These are only the overall recommendations, please refer to the State Capture report for the full list of recommendations.

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