26 June 2014

South Africa: The NPA - Going Down (in)fighting


If the Arms Deal is our democracy's original sin, the National Prosecuting Authority is the dispute between Cain and Abel. Since it was formed it has been the site of contest, faction pitted against faction for control of the one body that has the power to lay criminal charges. On Wednesday, in one of those unscripted moments that occurs in this country sometimes, we suddenly got an insight into the real struggle for power. It is revealing in that the fight that has been played out in the shadows is slowly coming out into the open. By STEPHEN GROOTES.

On Wednesday, Talk Radio had one of those moments you just can't script, a moment that makes it superior to music radio [Stephen, you have two jobs - we know! - Ed]. John Robbie was doing his usual shoot-from-the-hip thing on Talk Radio 702, when he made a comment, a joke, about the head of the NPA's internal integrity unit being suspended. It was a 'ho ho ho' about whether the head of internal integrity had integrity.

Then, amazingly, the man himself, Prince Mokotedi, phoned in, demanding right of reply, the chance to just put a few facts to the public....

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