Scorpions bid 'vexatious'

2009-06-03 20:05
Cape Town - Businessman Hugh Glenister's campaign to stop the demise of the Scorpions borders on vexatious, a full bench of the Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Senior counsel Willie Duminy said Glenister had placed before the court mounds of irrelevant information which the three judges and others had had to read.

"We have had to spend valuable time reading all of this irrelevant information," he said.

Duminy, along with advocate Sipokazi Poswa-Lerotholi, represent the country's president, ministers of police (formerly safety and security) and justice.

They opposed an urgent application by Glenister to stop the transfer of the Directorate for Special Operations (DSO), better known as the Scorpions, to the SA Police Service.

Probes into ANC politicians

The move amounted to the disbandment of the Scorpions in their present form.

In the application, Glenister contended that the closure of the Scorpions was to stop investigations into high-ranking ANC politicians.

Senior Judge Siraj Desai presided in the application, together with judges Burton Fourie and Dumisani Zondi.

Duminy urged the court to dismiss the application with costs.

He said the court had to decide whether in fact the purpose of the National Prosecuting Authority Amendment Act, as well as the SAPS Amendment Act, both empowering the disbandment of the Scorpions, was to stop investigations involving ANC MPs.

If the court ruled that this was the reason for the closure of the Scorpions unit, then an interdict to prevent this happening, as requested by Glenister, was justified. If not, the court had to dismiss the application, and refuse the interdict, he said.

Exceeded their mandate

Duminy said the Scorpions' mandate had only been to stop organised crime, but the unit had not limited its operations to organised crime and had thus exceeded its mandate.

From the inception of the Scorpions, there had been a problem with the overlapping mandates of the DSO and the police.

He said Scorpions investigations had been so effective because the unit had not had to report to a political head, as the SAPS had to do.

Duminy added: "This is why so many people said that the Scorpions were a law unto themselves."

He said the transfer of the DSO would not put an end to any Scorpions investigations that were already underway.

As Duminy held sway, the presidential 12-gun salute disturbed the proceedings.

Duminy responded: "That's the State-of-the-Nation salute, m'lords, not an applause for my address to the court, although it deserves it."

Judgment was reserved.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    scorpions  |  sa police service  |  siraj desai  |  anwar dramat  |  hugh glenister  |  jackie selebi
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

• Cultivate your intuitive powers – intuition and insight are emphasized today. The focus is still on organisation and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.