'If it looks, sounds and stings like a scorpion, it might just be a scorpion'

President Cyril Ramaphosa, during his second State of the Nation Address (Sona), announced that there was a need to establish a directorate within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to deal with serious corruption.

Ramaphosa added that this new directorate will identify priority cases in order to investigate and to recover assets identified to have been acquired from corrupt deals.

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Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show, with Nickolaus Bauer standing in, weigh in on this new directorate and whether this is another Scorpions.

Like I have been saying, if it looks, if it sounds and if it stings it might just be a scorpion.

Nickolaus Bauer, presenter

Caller John says he understands that the whole logic behind the disbandment of the Scorpions was something in the Constitution referred to as the separations of powers.

That is was unconstitutional for the investigation and the prosecution to be all wearing one hat. If that is the case, why is it now acceptable to put the investigation and the prosecution together again?

John, caller

Bauer says he doesn't think that the move is from a legal standpoint and that it has more to do with politics.

Sikky says the establishment of this directorate is an illicit admission by Cyril Ramaphosa that the Hawks do not have the capacity to investigate things properly.

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So he is creating another unit that will be investigative and also charge people. But the problem I have with it is that you have to fund them properly because without funding them properly you cant attract the best finds.

Sikky, caller

Niel also called in and says it is very clear that the NPA can only work within the sphere and the content that they have been given by the Hawks.

So the NPA can only work within the sphere of how well the Hawks actually go about their cases when they arrest people.

Niel, caller

He adds that this unit is the same as the scorpions, just a different name.

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