Fight against graft is eroded
THE FREE State High Court ruling to unfreeze the Gupta-owned assets left critical-thinking South Africans, asking the proverbial question: does the judge represent the new dawn of the “Thuma mina” mantra?
Law enforcement agencies have been putting a lot of effort into dealing with crime to restore the rule of law in the public interest but the judiciary haven’t seen any logic in placing public interest above reasonable grounds.
For the common folks in society public interest outweighs and overrides any reasonable ground. Hence, there’s consternation over the judge’s conclusion that it’s reasonable for the assets of the fugitives allegedly linked in corruption to be given carte blanche.
This reasonableness has gone to extremes, undermining the fight against graft in business and government. Clearly, the National Prosecuting Authority should appeal against this judgment.
In the same way the undertrained police act on a tip-off from law-abiding citizens to close in on suspicious characters harbouring explosives connected to the spate of cash-in-transit heists. As expected, the courts let the suspects go on the grounds that police bungled the investigation, allowing these criminals to go back to the drawing board.
While we’re in a deep slumber vehicles transporting cash are hit with the very explosives found used in heists involving loss of life as the courts set the suspects free because of insufficient evidence.
This ultimately leads the public to lose confidence in the system, adding to police complacency towards crime.
When investors raise concerns about crime, asking us how we got to this point, all the blame is laid on the governing party. That’s propaganda. The truth is that citizens do their part to alert police to crime for perpetrators to be apprehended, but the judiciary doesn’t give the public interest equal consideration as reasonable grounds.