Africa Confidential

No-fly-zone for legal eagles

No-fly-zone for legal eagles

The SA Presidency is working to remove police and prosecutors who refuse to suspend actions against highly influential people.

The decline in independence of South Africa’s top criminal justice institutions is accelerating as President Jacob Zuma redoubles his efforts to immunise himself and his entourage from prosecution over corruption.

That is the verdict of a growing number of legal experts as more and more senior police officers and prosecutors are removed. Corrupt business links with the governing ANC and the Presidency are mounting, so the pressures on prosecutors and investigators to be soft on them multiply. State officials are increasingly facing administrative suspension if they do not comply.

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