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Email to the President dated 25 March 2019, concerning the establishment of an Integrity Commission under Chapter Nine of the Constitution.

Dear Mr President, According to media reports, you have established an Investigative Directorate (the Unit) within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to deal with grand corruption. We have publicly expressed our reservations about the constitutionality of this tactic in the war on the corrupt: www.accountabilitynow.org.za/?s=Poplak”s&submit=Se arch. www.accountabilitynow.org.za/can-shamila-batohi- revive-a-dying-npa/. www.accountabilitynow.org.za/why-cyrils-state- capture-squad-will-almost-certainly-fail/. Our main concern around the […]

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Is Bheki Cele fit for purpose?

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 5 June 2019 • DailyMaverick Those responsible for proper oversight of the police minister should be calling for his head, not mollycoddling him with technocratic advice. The new Cabinet is now in place, some fresh blood, some familiar faces and quite a pile of soiled baggage of the past. In […]

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Government creates an atmosphere conducive to investment

By Paul Hoffman* On the same day that the Statistician-General announced that the SA economy has shrunk by 3.2% in the first quarter of this year, our worst performance in ten years, the Secretary General of the ANC, Ace Magashule, started his post NEC Lekgotla press conference on 3 June, 2019 with the sound observation […]

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Comparing the new Scorpions with the old Scorpions

By Paul Hoffman 27th May 2019 It has been suggested in the media coverage of the establishment of an Investigative Directorate (ID) for state capture and serious corruption offences that the ID is the “New Scorpions”. Some useful lessons can be learned from a comparison of the Scorpions of old with the features of the […]

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LETTER: Argument over ‘plot’ against Zuma is fallacious

Decision to prosecute was that of acting prosecutions boss Mokotedi Mpshe, not former chief Bulelani Ngcuka and Scorpions head Leonard McCarthy 22 May 2019 – 05:04 By Paul Hoffman in Business Day Mokotedi Mpshe, former acting director of public prosecutions. Picture: SOWETAN It is fallacious to argue that former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) […]

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