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Feb 24 2013 8:47PM
 
The corrupt to be named and shamed
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: TNA
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Siyabonga Mkhwanazi

President Jacob Zuma will announce the new Special Investigating Unit boss before the end of the week, according to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.

He made the announcement at a briefing of the justice, crime prevention and security cluster in Pretoria yesterday.

Adv Nomvula Mokhatle has been acting in the position since Willie Hofmeyr was removed more than a year ago.

Radebe said the naming of a new chief for the National Prosecuting Authority was delayed because of legal battles around it.

The DA had taken Zuma to court to challenge the appointment of Menzi Simelane to the position. According to Radebe, government is also poised to name and shame people who have been convicted of corruption through the public disclosure of a register.

The introduction of the register would contribute to the fight against crime and corruption.

Radebe said they were going to publish the names in various platforms. The compilation of the offender register follows a similar system introduced by the Department of Justice a few years ago when it published a register of sexual offenders. At the time, it had about 600 names.

Radebe indicated they were going to update the list.

Justice department’s director general Nonkululeko Msomi said the register was fully operational.

The register of people convicted of corruption would be made public.

Radebe said since the anti-corruption task team was formed in 2010 they have arrested dozens of people and attached assets worth millions of rands.

“Criminal assets of 59 persons to the value of R816m have been frozen. Nearly R78m has been forfeited and returned to the state.” Radebe said the government was concerned about cases of sexual violence against women and children and urged communities to report these cases.

“This challenge requires that all social agents work together with the law enforcement agencies to root out these tendencies,” he said.

“We urge communities to come forward and report these crimes so that perpetrators may be brought to book,” he said.

siyabongam@thenewage.co.za

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