Over the years, reports of how the criminal justice cluster was effectively doing the bidding of former president Jacob Zuma were the order of the day. SA’s elite crime-fighting investigative unit, the Hawks, was seen more as a political warfare machine than a sweeping crime-fighting unit. This meant one had to connect the dots to see what was happening, even though the extent of Zuma’s control over the security cluster seemed clear. The same could be said of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), which only found its prosecutorial powers once Zuma was forced by the ANC to resign or face a motion of no-confidence. And there was a leadership overhaul at the State Security Agency (SSA) only when its ex-director- general, Arthur Fraser, tried to overplay his hand. But something changed last Friday, when former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas sat down as the second witness at the commission of inquiry into state capture in Johannesburg. Jonas told the commission that one of the...

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