WEATHERING THE STORM: Tough questions for the Scorpions

  • Jean Redpath
Keywords: Scorpions, challenges, South Africa, law enforcement


The ‘Scorpions’ are probably the most recognised law enforcement body in South Africa. Yet their existence appeared to be under threat during 2003 when highly placed figures suggested that they ‘cherry-pick’ their cases, and are open to political manipulation. There was even talk of disbandment or restructuring under the police on the grounds of unconstitutionality. While the Scorpions appear to have weathered that particular storm, the issues remain. Is there any substance to the accusations?

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