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Prosecution service can start going after bigwigs among the corrupt

Suspects in grand corruption were not investigated and prosecuted as they should have been 30 July 2019 – 05:10 Paul Hoffman Speaking at an event organised in memory of the late Kader Asmal, our new National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batoyi, pointed out, quite rightly, that those in the prosecution service over the past […]

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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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LETTER: Jacob Zuma gets some of his own medicine

The former president defamed Billy Downer dreadfully in an affidavit filed in his filibustering application for a permanent stay of his prosecution 15 April 2019 – 05:04 (Business Day) Jacob Zuma. Picture: SUPPLIED Karyn Maughan reports that prosecutor Billy Downer, SC, is fighting back against Jacob Zuma by invoking the newly minted evidential principle that […]

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LETTER: Voters should not tolerate corruption

The Hawks and the NPA constitute twin structures that have not been — and will never be — fit for countering grand corruption, state capture and kleptocracy in SA 21 March 2019 – 08:00 FinancialMail National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Shamila Batohi. Picture: ALON SKUY I refer to your timely article, which thoroughly interrogates […]

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Political will is critical if the fight against corruption is to gain ground

The creation of an integrity commission deserves urgent support 24 June 2018 – 00:00 By UNATHI MPHENDU and NATASJA HOLTZHAUSEN (Sunday Times) In 2005, an era before the shutters came down on effective corruption-busting in South Africa, Scorpions mount a raid on Jacob Zuma’s home and those of his lawyers. Image: Greg Marinovich The growing […]

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The constitutional need for independent anti-corruption machinery of state

Lawyers and politicians have a penchant for making simple things complicated. It suits them to do so. In the case of lawyers, complex matters attract higher fees, or more kudos for intricate judgments for those lawyers who grace the Bench. In the case of politicians, it assists in bamboozling the long-suffering electorate to wrap questionable […]

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