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Fight against crime receives financial boost

The fight against  crime and corruption continues to intensify with Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana allocating R14 billion towards this cause during his Budget Speech recently.

“The South African Police Service has been allocated R7.8 billion to appoint 5000 police trainees per year. The National Prosecuting Authority receives R1.3 billion to support the implementation of the recommendations of the State Capture Commission and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). 

“The Financial Intelligence Centre has been allocated an additional R265.3 million to tackle organised and financial crime. The Special Investigating Unit is allocated R100 million to initiate civil litigation in the special tribunal, flowing from proclamations linked to the recommendations of the State Capture Commission," said Minister Godongwana.

He added that the Department of Defence has been allocated an additional
R3.1 billion to enhance security on South Africa’s borders.

“Two laws have been enacted to address the technical deficiencies in the legislative framework, namely the General Laws Amendment Act of 2022, and the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Act.

“The laws address 15 of the 20 legislative deficiencies identified by FATF. The remaining five deficiencies will be addressed through regulations and practices that do not require legislation.

“We recognise the need to be more effective in implementing our laws, particularly in fighting organised and sophisticated crimes,” he concluded. – SAnews.gov.za