It’s a barometer of SA’s slide that whereas the country once had criminals quaking at the sight of the mighty Scorpions, we now have a rabble who believe their main job is to act as private security for cretinous politicians.

It was in 2008, a year before Jacob Zuma was sworn in as president, that parliament voted to abolish the Scorpions (conviction rate: 93.1% at one stage). In their place we got the Hawks — a feeble replacement and a national embarrassment...

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