Exoneration lessons

2016-11-23 06:00

THE United States’s FBI and our very own National Prosecuting Authority have one thing in common — exoneration.

It is precisely that exoneration that led to the failure of Hillary Rodham Clinton to capture the U.S. presidency.

Claiming autonomy, both these institutions were guilty of interference — one in clearing Clinton of e-mails that she sent, on the cusp of voting day, and secondly, the NPA in pursuing the Finance minister on fraud charges on orders from Number One, which were later overturned.

The Clinton failure is an abject lesson for South Africa where state interference has gone contrary to the Constitution.

In this regard, the Office of the Public Protector must take credit for not bowing to the whims of the ruling party, and producing a dossier that has all just about sunk the ANC.

As has been the case in the past, the usual suspects will rally behind the president and block his exit. That, in a nutshell, is the state of our nation — the stifling of a precious democracy.


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