02 Jun Without Fear or Favour: The Scorpions and the Politics of Justice
In May 2008 legislation was tabled in Parliament providing for the dissolution of the Directorate of Special Operations (known as the 'Scorpions'). This article by David Bruce examines the issue of political manipulation of criminal investigations and argues that doing away with the Scorpions will in fact increase the potential for such manipulation thereby undermining the principle of equality before the law.
David Bruce is a Johannesburg-based independent researcher and writer working in the fields of policing, crime and criminal justice. He obtained his Master's Degree Public and Development Management and Bachelor's Degree Bachelor of Arts with majors in Legal Theory and Industrial Sociology from The University of the Witwatersrand.