Hawks' 83% plummet in convictions necessitates return of the Scorpions
29 October 2015
The DA calls for institutional reforms to have the Hawks disbanded and the Scorpions reinstated to its rightful place in a strong and independent National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as the key corruption-busting unit in our country. The DA is mindful that the NPA has been embattled by political interference and we will fight to ensure that it too has its independence restored.
This comes after a reply to a DA parliamentary question confirmed what the DA has long held - the Hawks would have no appetite to investigate priority crime and corruption at large. Since the disbandment of the corruption-busting Scorpions, arrest and conviction rates by its replacement, the Hawks, have dropped at an alarming rate. This reply and the latest crime stats do not instil public confidence that corruption is being successfully combatted.
Specifically, the reply reveals that since the disbandment of the Scorpions in January 2009, there has been a 60% decline in arrests and an astounding 83% plummet in conviction rates in the last six years of the Hawks’ existence.
With the country losing approximately R30 billion, and climbing, each year to corruption, it is completely inexplicable as it is unacceptable that convictions in corruption have plummeted. It is crystal clear that President Zuma and the ANC in government are not interested in the war against corruption but are rather the biggest proponents of corrupt activity.