Monday 19th Nov 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will at a future stage ratify the agreements reached between the two countries at the 11th Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) currently underway in Kinshasa.

President Ramaphosa was due to travel to Kinshasa on Monday 15 October 2018, but was advised by doctors to recover from an upper respiratory tract infection before undertaking prolonged travel. The President is receiving medical attention and making a good recovery.

The South African Government has been in communication with the government of the DRC regarding this change in President Ramaphosa’s schedule and has expressed its appreciation for the DRC’s hosting of the official and ministerial deliberations that have taken place in Kinshasa in preparation for the participation of the two heads of government in the Bi-National Commission.

The two Presidents will at a future occasion ratify the outcomes of the BNC.
 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

President Ramaphosa receives interim report on inquiry into SARS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has received an interim report of the Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

The President is applying his mind to the contents of the interim report and the recommendations made by Commission Chair Justice Robert Nugent.

As part of this process, President Ramaphosa has furnished a copy of the interim report to suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane.

The President has invited Mr Moyane to make any submissions he may have on the interim report or its recommendations.

The interim report has been posted on The Presidency website at www.thepresidency.gov.za.

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

Presidency refers SIU reports to investigated entities

The President has referred reports on investigations by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into various government departments and entities to the entities concerned with a request for updates on the implementation of recommendations made by the SIU.

The reports concern departments and institutions investigated between 2002 and 2016.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is mandated in terms of the Special Investigating Units and Special Tribunal Act 74 of 1996 to investigate serious malpractices or maladministration in connection with the administration of state institutions, state assets and public money as well as any conduct which may seriously harm the interests of the public.

The SIU submits a final report to the President upon the conclusion of each investigation conducted. SIU reports include recommendations on interventions such as disciplinary action, criminal prosecution or civil litigation in instances where wrongdoing is identified.

Final reports that are currently being shared with parties who have been investigated relate to national government, provincial departments, a number of urban and rural municipalities, as well as state-owned entities including Eskom Holdings Ltd, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the South African Post Office Ltd, North West municipalities and the national Department of Human Settlements.

To ensure that the impact of SIU investigations is felt, the head of the SIU, Advocate Andy Mothibi, the Unit’s management team have reviewed the SIU value chain, in the interest of, among others, improving the turnaround times of investigations.
 
Members of the public are also encouraged to report corruption and to work with the SIU to blow the whistle on corruption by ensuring that where information is available, this is brought forward without fear. This will also ensure that investigations are concluded more speedily.
 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria

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