A war of words erupted in parliament yesterday when the youth leagues of the Democratic Alliance and the ANC made oral submissions on the disbanding of the directorate of special operations, commonly known as the Scorpions.
Stanley Zondi of the DA Youth League told parliament that the public hearing held recently in Witbank had been "nothing more than an ANC rally".
He said the incorporation of the Scorpions into the police would "allow a period of idleness . in which the masterminds of crime will be having a field day".
But ANC Youth League president Julius Malema brushed Zondi aside, saying "there is no animal called DA Youth League".
"I am happy today to see the DA came with something that looks like a youth body," Malema said.
In response to questions from parliament about Cosatu KwaZulu-Natal secretary Zet Lusipho's threat last weekend to "kill the Scorpions", Malema said: "We are not going to kill anyone.
"When we say 'kill' we use it to show passion and determination, not to mean that we will kill people."
Mo Shaik, brother of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik, also made a submission supporting the dissolution of the Scorpions.
He said the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Scoprions were instruments of distribution for an "alliance of the powerful made up of the government, banks and the corporate elite".
Shaik said the Scorpions were "completely beyond the control of parliament and ministerial authority".
But African Christian Democratic Party and DA MPs pointed out that parliament's justice committee had the mandate to call the Scorpions and NPA to account before it twice every year.