The rot in SA’s law enforcement agencies runs so deep that SA can forget about large-scale prosecutions, improved revenue collection or making inroads into organised crime unless President Cyril Ramaphosa moves speedily to clean house. In fact, his administration is likely to be undermined and his reform initiatives frustrated as long as those appointed as part of the state capture project are allowed to keep operating. Jacques Pauw, author of the blockbuster The President’s Keepers, urges Ramaphosa to move quickly to replace the top structure of SA’s law enforcement agencies. His book catalogues how key state institutions, including the SA Revenue Service (Sars), National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and State Security Agency (SSA), have been hollowed out and repurposed over the past decade to shield former president Jacob Zuma and his cronies from prosecution. The first three people Ramaphosa should sack, he argues, are Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, NPA head Shaun Abrahams and Arth...

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