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The Irony In The Perfect Storm That’s Brewing

The Constitutional Court requires that our South African anti-corruption entity should be adequately independent both structurally and operationally. It has given Parliament until September to come up with a constitutionally compliant and reasonable formula for replacing the existing Hawks with such an entity. In the context of fighting corruption, independence connotes freedom from political interference, […]

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Hawks Or Eagles: What Does South Africa Deserve?

(Notes for an address to the Cape Town Press Club on 15 May, 2012) Hawks and Eagles are both raptors. They are birds of prey that live off the live victims of their predatory non-vegetarian appetites. Hawks are small, scarce and susceptible to poisoning. Eagles see further, fly higher and go after bigger prey than […]

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

It is said that in politics a week is a long time. Last week was a short week, and this week is even shorter for some, given the way that the public holidays celebrating freedom day and workers’ day have fallen this year. But for the members of the select committee of parliament on police […]

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Parliament STIRS On Implementing The Glenister Judgment

In March last year the Constitutional Court found that the Hawks are not sufficiently operationally and structurally independent to constitute the type of anti-corruption entity which the human rights culture of the Constitution requires and which South Africa is bound by international treaties to maintain. The Court’s order is suspended until September this year to […]

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The War Business Is Out-Of-Control

Address by Terry Crawford-Browne to Ceasefire Campaign workshop on the 2nd Global Day of Action on Military Spending, Johannesburg, April 17 2012 Almost a century ago, just before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, a British parliamentarian, Philip Snowden warned his colleagues: We are in the hands of an organisation of crooks. […]

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