n SA Crime Quarterly - Where have all the democrats gone? The case for dissolving the Scorpions

Volume 2008, Issue 24
  • ISSN : 1991-3877



Those who lament the imminent dissolution of the Scorpions are blinded to the shortcomings of the unit and fail to see the role they have played in entrenching patronage. Not only have they fallen short of delivering justice, they have been given the freedom to act as intelligence gatherers without the responsibility of having to account to oversight structures. This is a shortcoming of the legislation that created the unit, but has irreparably tarnished the unit's reputation. Locating a new investigative unit in the SAPS is the best solution to overcome these problems and avoid them in the future.

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