Fikile Mbalula Sparks Debate by Calling for Return of Scorpions, Gayton McKenzie Agrues Hawks Do Same Job

Gayton Mckenzie weighs in on Fikile Mbalula's calls for the return of the scorpions.
  • ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula has called for the return of the Scorpians
  • Mbalula said that the South African government made a mistake when it disbanded the investigating unit in 2009
  • Mbalula’s call has sparked a debate online, With PA leader Gayton McKenzie saying the Hawks can do the Scorpians’ job

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula has sparked a heated debate after calling for the re-establishment of the Directorate of Special Operations, AKA the Scorpions.

Herman Mashabe and Gayton McKenzie way in on whether the Scorpions should return

The likes of ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba agreed with Mbalula, adding that this time it should be 100% politically independent.

Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie thought the suggestion was counterproductive, seeing as South Africa already has the Hawks

McKenzie tweeted that there was no significant difference between the Scorpions and the Hawks. The PA leader added that the real change needed to happen was appointing capable people with the Hawks.

What were the Scorpions?

The Scorpions, formerly referred to as the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), was an investigative unit that was established By former president Thabo Mbeki in 1999. Like the Hawks, the unit investigated serious organised, commercial and corruption crimes and gained notoriety for targeting high-ranking politicians with impunity, TimesLIVE reported. The Scorpions was disbanded in 2009, soon after former president Jacob Zuma became ANC president. At the time, the unit was investigating Zuma for the infamous arms deal.

Hawks arrest 13 after R36 million stolen from Zimbabwean businessman’s account after he died in car crash

In another story, Briefly News reported that the Hawks resolved to leave no stone unturned in finding the people responsible for stealing R36 million from a deceased Zimbabwean business and socialite.

In an operation code-named “Tit for Tat”, which started on 29 May in Gauteng, nine people have been tracked down and arrested. The recent arrests bring the total number of people nabbed to 13, and police are confident that more arrests will follow.

The R36 million dates back to a tragic car accident in April 2022 in which Zimbabwean businessman Obert Karombe lost his life.

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