Sipho Mabena
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6 Mar 2021
5:02 am

Politicians laying charges against each other no more than ‘photo ops’

Sipho Mabena

Experts say this makes a mockery of the system in a country with a low conviction rate on politicians.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

The penchant by political parties to lay criminal cases against ministers serves no purpose other than political expediency, with experts saying this makes a mockery of the system in a country with a low conviction rate on politicians. The news cycle is not short of accounts about opposition politicians marching into police stations to open cases against a government minister, a more recent case being that of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) charging Police Minister Bheki Cele. This emanates from a High Court in Pretoria ruling which on Friday revealed the minister had attempted to halt the suspensions of police...