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We have a new president, a new legislature and a new executive. The future is hopeful, but many uncertainties remain. There are many icebergs as Ramaphosa’s “new dawn” begins its five-year term. Among the biggest immediate challenges (but by no means the most pressing or worrisome) is cleaning up the state from the rot of the past 10 years and sending those responsible to jail. That means the person and institution most in danger right now are Shamila Batohi and the National Prosecuting Authority (and the new investigative unit within that body). Why are they in danger? Some of the most powerful people in our state over the past 10 years are coming for them. Think about it. If ever there was a phrase made for a politician who is guilty in SA it is this: “The charges against me are politically motivated.” Every scoundrel who has a case to answer rushes for this convenient scapegoat. They don’t say: “I am not guilty.” They don’t say: “I did not steal.” Instead, like a broken record, t...

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