Ramaphosa appoints national council to advice South Africa on “graft war”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. /CFP
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. /CFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday appointed a nine-member council to advise the government on the fight against corruption.

The National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council will be tasked with advising on preventative measures, institutional capabilities and resources needed to prevent a recurrence of state capture and to stamp out fraud and corruption in South Africa.

“Our ultimate aim is to build strong and resilient institutions that can end corruption and withstand any future attempts at state capture,” Ramaphosa said.

South Africa has been dogged by corruption for years despite pledges by successive governments to tackle the vice.

Ramaphosa noted that various efforts by his administration had yielded fruits and given hope that the country can overcome corruption.

He pointed out that in the last financial year, approximately R659 million(about 5.49 million U.S. dollars) was restored to the state through preservation and recovery of the proceeds of crime. Approximately R613 million (about 5.11 million U.S. dollars) in suspected criminal proceeds were frozen.

“As we continue to build on these successes, we are confident that even if it takes time, those who stole and looted resources meant for the people will face the consequences of their actions,” he said.