LETTER: Without a Chapter 9 Integrity Commission, state thievery will continue
It is a poor reflection on SA’s commitment to clean up after the Zuma era that Steinhoff is paying for a probe of its own malfeasance by its own previous directors
In your editorial in praise of the VBS Mutual Bank initial prosecutions, the conclusion is reached that, “Still, continued support for the NPA, the Hawks and SIU is crucial for Batohi to ensure the list of those in handcuffs extends beyond VBS’s senior management.” (“VBS Mutual Bank arrests a feather in the cap for Shamila Batohi (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/editorials/2020-06-18-editorial-vbs-arrests-a-feather-in-the-cap-for-shamila-batohi/),” June 18).
Sadly, the truth is that SA’s state capture phenomenon has hollowed out the capacity of the NPA which, to quote Hermione Cronje, is “infested with saboteurs” whose agenda is to keep handcuffs well away from ANC bigwigs and others. The Hawks are a creation of state capture; they have never matched the prowess of the Scorpions (they weren’t meant to) and they are both structurally and operationally incapable of rising to the occasion wished for in your editorial...