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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Scorpions picking on us, say ANC leaders
This article in the Business Day this morning makes for some interesting reading:
The African National Congress (ANC) national working committee (NWC) yesterday accused the Scorpions of unfairly targeting its members, and criticised Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke for “showing disdain for delegates to the party’s national conference in Polokwane last year”.

The claims put the ANC and its allies on a collision course with the judiciary, and will increase the pressure on the government to disband the Scorpions.

The ANC said yesterday its NWC had discussed the matter and the need to “restore the integrity of law enforcement units and the entire criminal justice system”.


Phosa urged President Thabo Mbeki to act on the ANC resolution that the Scorpions be dissolved or incorporated by June. Opposition parties are against the move.

The battle between the police and the Scorpions continued last week when police arrested Gerrie Nel, the Gauteng Scorpions boss and chief investigator in the Selebi case . Charges against Nel were later dropped for insufficient evidence.

The ANC said this move raised a number of questions.

“The manner in which this case has been handled suggests that SA has a long way to go to achieve equality before the law. It strengthens suspicions that those who occupied positions in agencies of the former apartheid government can act with impunity while the offensive against cadres of the democratic movement is intensified.

Message? 'We should be untouchable'. Concern? The Scorpions very distance from the SAPS seems the only reason for the success, and incorporation will only negate this. Reality? The Scorpions will be disbanded by June.