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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Nqakula brought back into line
In another view into the state president versus ANC president power struggle, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has stepped down his rhetoric on the Scorpions, going from statements that they "will be dissolved" to a more reasoned line that "the disbanding of the Scorpions is still only a 'proposal' and will go to Parliament and include public participation".

The new ANC power under Zuma has been rabidly hunting the Scorpions, but Mbeki has handled the matter correctly in terms of the Constitution, handing it back to Parliament for debate and decision. Ngakula has been brought back into line by Mbeki, in what is a ratehr embarrassing climb-down for him.