EDITORIAL | The promise of kept promises gives SA some hope
The NPA made good on its vow to make high-profile arrests. Hopefully it signals the change we desperately need
For years, South Africans have heard promises that those involved in corruption would be punished. There would be arrests, there would be convictions. Evil deeds would not go unpunished.
So, when, in an interview published in the Sunday Times (https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/opinion-and-analysis/2020-08-30-qa-with-npa-investigative-directorate-head-hermione-cronje/) on August 30, the head of the National Prosecution Authority’s Investigating Directorate, Hermoine Cronje, promised that the first high-profile individual would be charged “in September”, it was easy to doubt. We’d heard the promises before.
By September 7, there were no arrests. By September 14, nothing. By September 21? Nothing still. That doubt grew further as September 28 marked the fourth week since Cronje’s published promise. With two days to go until the “in September” deadline passed, the promised arrests had still not come...