25 June 2019

South Africa: The Nation Is Hungry for State Capture Arrests

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Former president Jacob Zuma (file photo).
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While the immediate political stakes involved in any decisions made by the NPA are immensely high, they are easily as high for the longer-term future of our criminal justice system.

When the commentariat casts its eyes over the general political scenery, much of the debate tends to centre on the balance of power in the ANC. This precarious balance could be tipped at any time. And yet, the precise event that could make the difference is hard to predict.

Meanwhile, public pressure is growing on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to take action. Day after day there is more damning testimony at the State Capture commission. Many of the people implicated in that wrongdoing are still in government, or in the ANC, or in Parliament, some as powerful as ever.

In such a poisonous environment, it seems that only a decisive set of actions by the NPA, the arrest of people implicated in State Capture, is what could change this balance. For now, there are few visible signs of action.

Recent events in Parliament -- and the nomination of the Parliamentary committees' chairs -- has exposed the fault lines in the ANC. People accused of criminal wrongdoing, such as Mosebenzi...

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