Hounding the watchdogs

2008-02-22 00:00

How deep is the ANC’s understanding of parliamentary process and its commitment to a functioning democracy? If the allegation that Jo-Ann Downs of the ACDP is to be removed as chairperson of the provincial legislature’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) is true, the answer is worrying.

The ANC’s apparent disdain for this, together with its current campaign against independent-minded sections of society such as the judiciary, the media and the Scorpions, signals yet another step in the direction of an effective one-party state.

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