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Don’t politicise the tragedy that is the VBS Bank case

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Wrongdoers should not be shielded from accountability by political means. It is to defeat the ends of justice.


26 Jun 2020
PREMIUM!
Don’t politicise the tragedy that is the VBS Bank case

Eight suspects accused of looting the VBS Bank appears at Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Johannesburg,18 June 2020, and were each granted R100 000 bail. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Last week’s news of the predawn arrest of the who’s who of the now collapsed VBS Mutual Bank by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations – popularly known as the Hawks – brought a collective, euphoric sigh of relief that could be heard across the country. The group appeared at the Palm Ridge Regional Court for a bail hearing on a staggering 47 counts of fraud, theft, money laundering, corruption and racketeering. Photographs of the men huddled together on the wooden court bench communicated a positive message that the criminal justice system was at long last acting against the alleged...

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