Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation
There is a huge influx of COVID-19 corruption-related cases.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) announced this in a briefing in parliament on the status of COVID-19 corruption-related cases.
The DPCI added that the Auditor-General’s Special Report identified 80 000 exceptions/illegal payments that need to be investigated.
It was also pointed out that the Fusion Centre does prioritise cases identified to be heard in court.
The current case load stands at 174 matters, with six criminal cases already on the court roll.
The Fusion Centre was set up on 18 May 2020 in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.
It is directed at detection, investigation, prosecution and recovery of assets via a multi-disciplinary approach.
The DPCI emphasized that a “multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach between the various law enforcement agencies in the Fusion Centre has yielded positive results”.