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I've been reading about the South Africans with Swiss bank accounts. Now that many of them have been named, what happens next? Do the police, or people in the South African Revenue Service or other anti-corruption teams investigate them?
After the state of the nation address, many people voiced their concern that the police are part of the executive branch of the state. This reminded me of the investigations carried out by the Hawks (and before that by the Scorpions) into corruption and organised crime. A number of the people who were investigated are part of the executive, which seems problematic. What is the appropriate relationship between the leaders of the executive and the criminal justice institutions?
I live in an area where corruption is rife. The police are indifferent at best, and often complicit. There seems to be nowhere else to go but the newspapers, so I wonder: what would happen to me – would I be named, or need to testify – if a newspaper report led to prosecution? And would the reporters or publication itself be compromised?
You wrote about offshore Swiss bank accounts for people like Fana Hlongwana, whose name has been linked to the arms deal. Since South Africa still has exchange controls limiting the amount of money an individual can take offshore, have these people necessarily contravened these laws? And if they used money-laundering techniques to obtain this money, would a company in whose name they acted be able to prosecute?
My neighbours complain that their municipal water and electricity bills are incorrect. When they try to challenge their bills, our municipality says that they must first pay the disputed bill, and then argue about it. Surely this can't be right?
I've reported corruption on your website - things going on in the body corporate where I live, and evidence to show improper payments billed to me for construction work - but you've replied that your focus is on the misuse of public resources or power. Why such a narrow focus?
What exactly is IPID? It has been much in the news, and now it's 'studying' the McBride court record. What is it meant to do for South Africa and does it have any specific role in combating corruption in the criminal justice system?
I never thought I'd say this, but watching proceedings in Parliament has become increasingly interesting. That said, I'm sometimes quite alarmed by what the MPs accuse each other of - from suggestions of corruption to calling the president a thief. I thought we had laws protecting people from being defamed. Why doesn't the speaker of Parliament discipline these MPs?