Problems that have rocked the National Prosecuting Authority, the South African Revenue Service and the Hawks all point to political interference to protect President Jacob Zuma, says former NPA prosecutor and current DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach.
Speaking at the Cape Town Press Club, Breytenbach, who was suspended from the prosecuting authority in 2012 and resigned last year, tore into its leadership in a stinging speech.
“The NPA has long been rocked by scandal after scandal at the hands of several politically expedient national directors whose fundamental preoccupation has not been to defend the constitution and the rule of law but rather to protect President Jacob Zuma and his cronies,” she said.
She also said the NPA had become the “gold standard” for political interference in the new South Africa.
Of former NPA director Mokotedi Mpshe, she said “he is quite simply a disgrace” because of his “blinding and flagrant disregard for the law and accountability”.
She also said it was because of Mpshe that Zuma had been cleared of more than 700 charges of corruption.
Turning to SARS and the Hawks, Breytenbach said: “If you think this sort of unwarranted political interference is limited only to the NPA, you are mistaken.
“SARS and the Hawks are just two other critical state institutions that Zuma’s ANC is hell-bent on bending to serve its own self-interested political will.”