Ramaphosa appoints SIU tribunal to speed up recovery of proceeds of corruption

Ramaphosa appoints SIU tribunal to speed up recovery of proceeds of corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa's response to the debate of state of the nation address at the National Assembly on February 20, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. Ramaphosa responded the MPs debate of his maiden SONA speech that he delivered on Friday 16 February 2018. (Photo by Gallo Images / Jeffrey Abrahams)

‘Fast-tracking these matters through the special tribunal will enable the Special Investigations Unit to recover monies and or assets lost by state institutions through irregular and corrupt means.’

A special tribunal has been established to fast-track the recovery by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of monies and or assets lost by state institutions through irregular and corrupt means, the presidency said on Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had, in terms of section (2) (1) of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunals Act, established a special tribunal, the presidency said in a statement.

“The establishment of this special tribunal is occasioned by the need to fast-track the finalisation of matters that the SIU refers for civil litigation following conclusion of their investigations. These are matters where the SIU would have referred to civil litigation contracts entered into by state institutions to be declared irregularly invalid or set aside.

“Fast-tracking these matters through the special tribunal will enable the SIU to recover monies and or assets lost by state institutions through irregular and corrupt means; thus ensuring that those who are responsible for the loss of monies and or assets by state institutions are held accountable. The litigation process includes both public and private sectors persons and entities,” the presidency said.

Ramaphosa had appointed Judge Gidfonia Mlindelwa Makhanya as the president of the tribunal for a period of three years. Additional members of the tribunal were: Judge Icantharuby Pillay; Judge Johannes Eksteen; Judge Selewe Peter Mothle; Judge Lebogang Modiba; Judge Thina Siwendu; Judge David van Zyl; and Judge Sirajudien Desai, the presidency said.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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