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Mo Shaik and me – a cautionary tale

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 7 April 2020 A close encounter with Mo Shaik and the later shutting down of the Scorpions have important parallels for the current debate around how to proceed with corruption prosecutions. It is conventional for commentators to refrain from writing in the first person; it gives them a veneer of […]

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How to put corrupt officials behind bars in double-quick time

Opinionista • Simon Mantell • 3 April 2020 The state can leapfrog conventional prosecutorial gridlock and jail state-owned-enterprise executives and company directors by using a ‘winning ugly’ strategy. South Africans are hopelessly fatigued by the never-ending bad news stories of crooked politicians, equally dishonest business people, incompetent civil servants and hollowed out institutions where the […]

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Willie Hofmeyr: Cut president’s sweeping powers or risk state capture

01 December 2019 – 00:01 By QAANITAH HUNTER (TimesLive) The recently retired head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, Willie Hofmeyr, says SA is at risk of state capture again unless the president’s sweeping powers are cut. Hofmeyr told the Sunday Times he recommended the constitution be changed in an affidavit filed at the Zondo commission. […]

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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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ANC of today has all the hallmarks of a criminal enterprise

Opinionista • Paul Hoffman • 16 July 2019 Daily Maverick Between the greedy lack of integrity of leaders and the tenets of the National Democratic Revolution in action, it is difficult not to conclude that the ANC-led tripartite alliance is both deliberately subversive of constitutionalism and shot through with criminal corruption of the kind that […]

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