UDM to challenge ANC over Scorpions

Eric Naki

The ANC could face a Constitutional Court battle from the United Democratic Movement if it went ahead and disbanded the Scorpions.

And the Democratic Alliance, on the other hand, says the ANC is protecting its criminals by doing away with the elite unit.

The ANC wants the Scorpions incorporated into the South African Police Service by June this year.

"The lynch-mob psychology that underpins the campaign against the Scorpions, which from the outset was orchestrated and funded by known criminals, is something that the UDM can never support.

"There are no justifiable reasons being advanced to disband the unit," UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said.

He said the UDM would follow the same route it took when it challenged the ANC in the Constitutional Court over the floor-crossing issue.

Holomisa said the party was already considering getting legal opinion on the Scorpions issue.

"We are aware some of the people in the ANC have cases pending against them."

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille yesterday said the ANC wanted to disband the Scorpions in order to protect its own criminals.

"Besides the seven convicted criminals on the ANC's NEC, six NEC members are currently the subject of criminal investigations.

"At least, two of these are currently being investigated by the Scorpions," Zille said.

In the absence of any understandable reason from the ANC as to why the Scorpions should be disbanded, "one can only assume that the government is doing so to protect the ANC from any current and future corruption investigations".

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe described the government's intention to disband the Scorpions as "irresponsible".