Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
26 Nov 2019
6:23 am

Remove political power as hideout for the corrupt, Batohi

Sydney Majoko

It would appear that Shamila Batohi has finally got her ducks almost perfectly aligned at the National Prosecuting Authority.

National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shamila Batohi. Picture: Bongani Shilubane / African News Agency / (ANA)

For many years, Tony Yengeni held the unenviable record of being the only serving parliamentarian to have served jail time for corruption. His conviction and sentencing to four years in prison in 2003 was, for many years, seen by the ruling party as an anomaly. The deputy secretary-general of the ANC even branded his conviction a “mistake”, arguing that negotiating a discount on a car should not be grounds to send someone to jail. What Jessie Duarte failed to mention was that Yengeni’s 47% discount on a Mercedes-Benz was obtained from a supplier who clinched multimillion-rand contracts in the arms...