ANC squashes the Scorpions

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

The death of the Scorpions at the hands of the ANC

Now correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t the system of checks and balances ensure that a democracy functions to the fullest extent. I recall seeing news bulletins where the scorpions had successfully raided the office or home of a corrupt official. Africa in infamous for having corrupt leaders and South Africa was not immune. Our saving grace was the Scorpions who dug out those corrupt officials from their trenches.

The ANC used its majority in parliament to scrap the Scorpions. Only 63 MPs voted against the bill to scrap the crime fighting unit and a total of 252…yes 252 MPs voted for the Scorpions to be scrapped. What baffles me about this is that most of the corruption that was exposed by the Scorpions comes from ANC party members. People like Toni Yengeni and Jacob Zuma along with all the MPs implicated in the Travelgate scam are ANC members. Well then I suppose in this case it makes perfect sense why ANC MPs fear the Scorpions so.

After the disbandment of the Scorpions a new crime fighting unit chosen by the ANC will be in effect and it will fall under the South African Police Service. Opposition parties tried to sway disgruntled ANC MPs to vote against the disbandmentof the Scorpions. The IFP said that this decision was reckless and I have to agree.

This move just proves that there are more skeletons in the ANC closed and introducing a unit they are able to control will protect them from further investigation. This ‘new-age’ ANC has taken and undesirable route and has completely lost the essence of the party that fought for equality.


1 Comment

  1. Kele said,

    October 26, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    It’s amazing how democracy can work to counter fairness, balance and, well, common sense. It’s an absolute disappointment and I’m inclined to believe those 252 MPs were paid under the table. But now there’s no Scorpions, so who knows?

    In the end, government corruption has won another hand in the ongoing battle. Is this a signal of things to come under the Zuma regime? I wait in anticipation…

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