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    Save the Scorpions petition

    One of South Africa's citizens is on a mission to save the Scorpions. You can sign his petition if you want to support him.
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    A visitor to my office yesterday said the current ANC leadership have become "The Untouchables". A rather disturbing analogy, I think.
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    The African Christian Democratic Party, Democratic Alliance (DA), Independent Democrats and United Democratic Movement have filed a joint submission in the Pretoria High Court as a friend of the court in support of Hugh Glenister's bid to stop the disbanding of the Scorpions, the parties said on Thursday.

    Glenister launched a private application for an interdict against the move on constitutional grounds, which will be heard between May 20 and 22.

    "Our contention is that the decision to pursue legislation disbanding the Scorpions was not made by any organ of state, but by the African National Congress [ANC] in an effort to protect its members from investigation and prosecution for alleged transgressions," the parties claimed in a joint statement.

    Recognition as a friend of the court permits the parties to offer information that would assist the court in arriving at a decision.

    DA chief whip Ian Davidson asked the Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, in March to halt the legislative process to disband the Scorpions pending the outcome of Glenister's challenge.

    On Tuesday the General Laws Amendment Bill, which would facilitate the Scorpions' move from the National Prosecuting Authority to the Safety and Security Department, was tabled.
    full story from M&G here
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    The new legislation seems to pull all their teeth. This action by the ANC makes it seem like the ANC have many criminals to protect...

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    The disbanding of the Scorpions will protect corrupt and criminal politicians from prosecution, the deputy director of Public Prosecutions warned on Thursday.

    The Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), also known as the Scorpions, would lose its ability to independently investigate government officials if it was incorporated into the police, said Billy Downer, SC.

    "In my view, you want to free your investigators from the political control of the police," Downer said at a PricewaterhouseCoopers conference in Johannesburg on economic crime.
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    Apart from the ANC, is there anyone else that supports the disbanding of the Scorpions?
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    Charles Nqakula: South African Police Service Amendment Bill debate

    Address by Charles Nqakula Minister for Safety and Security on South African Police Service Amendment Bill, debate, National Assembly
    19 June 2008

    Honourable Speaker
    Honourable Members of the House

    The bills that are before this house today are a culmination of various discussions that have been taking place at government level, and, at other instances, within the ruling African National Congress. Dominating all of those discussions was the matter of crime, generally, in South Africa and organised crime, specifically, and how to prevent and combat the scourge.


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    Round 1 of the parliamentary process to dismantle/move the Scorpions into the DSO begins.
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    The Scorpions is perceived as anti ANC, the ANC is a freedom fighter creation, funded in part through crimes of many dimensions and as well as foreign funding, one must look into some background history of this funding, from private individuals to major international company's, for example Brett Cible and others, with built in rewards for these people, 90% of today’s multimillionaires, first was taken up into government virtually penniless and then exited as mega business people, multimillionaires with a lot of influence - were did their funding come from, they surly did not earn it, were did their influence come from, been board members on multiple businesses, not because of ability or qualification, no just BEE, this in it self is criminal

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    Parliament to hold Directorate for Special Operations (DSO) Bills provincial public h

    Parliament's committees to embark on provincial public hearings on Bills relating to the Directorate for Special Operations (DSO)

    8 August 2008

    Parliament's Portfolio Committees on Justice and Constitutional Development and Safety and Security will from 10 to 18 August 2008 embark on provincial public hearings on the bill relating to the possible dissolution the Directorate for Special Operations (DSO) - otherwise known as the Scorpions - and its possible replacement with a new division within the South African Police Service (SAPS), known as the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI).

    One of Parliament's core objectives is to enhance the participation of the public in the processes of Parliament, the public's access to the institution and its members. In this regard, information provided to the public is a vital focus of Parliament. It is with this in mind that the committees will be conducting public hearings to further facilitate public involvement in the legislative process.

    The public hearings will take place as follows:

    * Date: 11 August 2008
    Province: Eastern Cape
    Town: East London
    Venue: Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre
    Time: 10h00

    Province: Gauteng
    Town: Johannesburg
    Venue: Johannesburg City Hall
    Time: 10h00

    * Date: 12 August 2008
    Province: KwaZulu Natal (KZN)
    Town: Durban
    Venue: Durban Umlazi Indoor Sports Centre
    Time: 10h00

    Province: Mpumalanga
    Town: Witbank
    Venue: Lynnville Community Hall
    Time: 10h00

    * Date: 13 August 2008
    Province: Limpopo
    Town: Polokwane
    Venue: Meropa Casino
    Time: 10h00

    Province: Northern Cape
    Town: Upington
    Venue: Progress Community Hall
    Time: 10h00

    * Date: 14 August 2008
    Province: North West
    Town: Mafikeng
    Venue: Mafikeng Community Centre
    Time: 10h00

    Province: Free State
    Town: Mangaung
    Venue: Mangaung Local Municipality
    Time: 10h00

    * Date: 18 August 2008
    Province: Western Cape
    Town: Gugulethu
    Venue: Ikhwezi Community Hall
    Time: 10h00

    All members of the public and media are invited to attend.
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