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Jiba, Mrwebi SCA judgment – no need for panic just yet

Marianne Thamm’s careful research around the outcome of the Jiba and Mrwebi appeals shows that what emerged in the SCA judgments on July 10 2018 was entirely predictable. There is no train smash here: so far seven judges have considered the matter of the fitness of the two senior prosecutors for the onerous role of […]

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LETTER: Short, sharp trial coming?

The parting of ways between former president Jacob Zuma and his attorney, Michael Hulley, was to be expected. It can now reasonably be anticipated that Zuma will contend that he acted on Hulley’s advice in much of the malfeasance that will be laid at his door in the criminal courts. Hulley and Mxolisi Nxasana, our […]

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LETTER: Mzwandile Petros’s silent defiance

It is good news for those who respect the rule of law that the misconceived attempts to make Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Deliwe de Lange redundant have been abandoned. It is probably also just as well for rumoured frontrunner as successor, former general Mzwandile Petros, that he will not have to face mortifying questions about […]

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LETTER: Hawks need sharp talons

Spare a thought for the new Hawks boss, Godfrey Lebeya, as he prepares for what will have to be a comprehensive clean-out of the corrupt and those who attempted to capture the state. Not only does President Cyril Ramaphosa profess (or is it feign?) inexplicable ignorance of the extent of state capture, he has chosen […]

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CPS – a nest of Cobras, Puff adders and Skaapstekers

Weary SA taxpayers will be familiar with the characteristics of the three snakes whose names mirror the acronym of Cash Paymaster Services, the rapacious administrator, for now, of grant payments on behalf of the South African Social Security Agency. A spitting cobra is particularly venomous, the puff adder, despite its deceptive girth, strikes faster than […]

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Abrahams has two options

Now that more than a glass and a half of Estina Dairy milk has been spilt by the National Prosecuting Authority during its successive Gupta-related litigious setbacks, it is time for Shaun Abrahams to reconsider his position as Jacob Zuma’s choice for appointment as national director of public prosecutions. Abrahams has two options: first, and […]

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