The Khampepe Commission
The Future of the Scorpions at Stake
This paper reviews the comportment of South Africa's elite police squad, the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), otherwise known as the 'Scorpions.' In the mid-2000s, the Scorpions' investigation of high-profile politicians, the use of aggressive media strategies and other perceived abuses of power, provoked negative reactions from a wide range of political actors and led to the establishment of the Khampepe Commission. This paper details the drama that unfolded during the Commission's proceedings.
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