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One step closer for Scorpions 2.0 after Cabinet approves Bill to make ID permanent

One step closer for Scorpions 2.0 after Cabinet approves Bill to make ID permanent

The second coming of the Scorpions is one step closer to reality after Cabinet approved the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Bill last week.

In October 2022, when President Cyril Ramaphosa tabled his “implementation plan” in response to the Zondo Commission’s report, he announced that the National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigating Directorate (ID) would be made a permanent body with powers similar to those of the disbanded Scorpions.

About 10 months later, the Bill to effect this was approved by Cabinet at its meeting last week.

“Cabinet approved the submission of the draft NPA Amendment Bill of 2023 to Parliament. The Bill amends the NPA Act, 1998 (Act 32 of 1998) to provide for the establishment of the Investigating Directorate as a permanent entity within the NPA and to also strengthen its investigative powers,” reads Cabinet’s statement.

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