You ain't seen nothing yet

2009-10-10 00:00

THE Scorpions may have been terminated and exterminated but their scrabblings continue on the legal front as the South African justice system continues to pursue cases that were initially instituted by the Scorpions’ mother body, the National Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

The most high-profile of these cases is the one that now looks like the big bang that will blow the now defunct Directorate of Special Operations out of the water.

And special it was.

I am certain that the politicians, as midwives of this unit, had not envisioned that the unit would not only encroach on their turf, but go after some of their lieutenants.

Tony Yengeni was one of the first big fish to get taken.

Many others followed and although not all of them were tried or even convicted when they were charged, there were some very close shaves. I won’t mention any names, President Jacob Zuma.

What has become apparent is that the Scorpions, or their dealings, were not as squeaky clean as we were made to believe and more and more evidence to this effect is set to emerge in the Glenn Agliotti vs Jackie Selebi case, “finish en klaar”.

How can a director of public prosecutions cut a deal with a convicted criminal in exchange for information, a deal that is open-ended and does not specify for which crimes immunity from arrest will be granted?

This is preposterous.

While the Scorpions had become a self-ordained mafia that was untouchable, I am not sure if killing their formation was the solution to the problem.

The national police commissioner was in with the criminals, stated criminal Glenn Agliotti during his case which sounds like a Hollywood script.

In this film, Selebi would be played by Wesley Snipes, Brett Kebble by Al Pacino and Agliotti by the late Marlon Brando. I am sure it would do well as it would be a real-life drama.

Another person who believed he was an indispensable institution was former president Thabo Mbeki.

Just like the legacy of the Scorpions continues to live through the Selebi trial, so the ghosts of Mbeki have come back to haunt us.

More evidence will be heard in the Agliotti case which will illustrate just why Mbeki ruled with a firm grip. He needed to conceal all the underhand dealings that infested the various state departments and agencies.

What we have heard from Agliotti is merely the tip of the iceberg and, South Africa, “you aint seen nothin’ yet”.

Selebi is fighting for his life and will not take things lying down.

When all has been said and done, it is refreshing to see that the rule of law remains in this country and, regardless of the challenges we continue to face as a nation, our systems of diligence are healthy.

The more we debate these challenges, the sooner we will find solutions to them.

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