ROB ROSE: NPA’s role in SA’s impunity crisis
Just 9% of people think leaders in the public sector are ethical. With Shaun Abrahams’ NPA sitting on its hands, it’s no great wonder why
If you’re looking to get a deeper understanding of why nobody linked to the #GuptaLeaks, Eskom or state capture has even so much as been asked to post bail, Glynnis Breytenbach’s new book, Rule of Law, provides acute insight. Until she was harassed out of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the formidable Breytenbach was its toughest nut. She’d worked on cases such as the arms deal, the Barry Tannenbaum Ponzi scheme, the Imperial Crown Trading fraud at Sishen and the prosecution of crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Breytenbach knows where the NPA’s warts are located. This is what makes her book such a hair-raising roller coaster ride down the winding corridors of the NPA’s Silverton office, through the depressing valleys of political meddling in prosecutions, and all the way through to the rise of impunity in SA society. She recounts how the NPA’s undoing can be traced back to the arms deal. She points to the awful advice NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka got in 2002, which led t...