In the strange nexus that is the law, the police, and the politics of South Africa, 24 hours is an aeon. As Thursday turned into Thursday night, and Friday morning morphed into Friday lunchtime, many of the old certainties of our lives turned upside down.
The Police Ministry released the list of National Keypoints. As a development, it was surprising, unexpected, and downright difficult to understand.
And then, in the High Court in Pretoria, Hawks boss Anwa Dramat was dramatically reinstated. All of this shows how, once again, when it comes to control over the security forces, the rule of law is, still, mightier than the politician. For now, at least. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
That the list of National Keypoints was a secret was one of those cornerstones of belief for those who believe that our politicians really were out to turn South Africa into a dictatorship. That belief doesn’t make you paranoid, so much as just slightly cynical.
Last year the Right2Know campaign, and the SA History Archive (which has done much useful work on information issues) went to court to ask for the list to be made public. Their argument was a very simple one: without the list, …
Source : Daily Maverick