Friday, February 15, 2008

COSATU says it welcomes the disbanding of the Scorpions

By Rhodé Marshall
15 February 2008

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says that it supports the decision taken by the government to disband the Scorpions, and also the decision taken to include the Scorpions’ staff into the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“We have been concerned for some time that the Scorpions are becoming too much a law unto themselves and are not subject to proper accountability. As a result they’ve been diverted from their primary function to fight organised crime into fighting political battles,” says COSATU National Spokesperson Patrick Craven.

Craven says both COSATU and the African National Congress (ANC) requested that the Scorpions be incorporated into the SAPS at their conferences.

“We believe the skills of the Scorpions can be better used in an integrated united police service provided that they are backed up by the public,” says Craven.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Tlali Tlali declined to comment.

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