The use of the prosecuting authority and the police in ANC succession struggles has a long history. What's different in the Zuma era is the symbiosis between elite police and the prosecution service.
The battle between South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan and the country's elite police unit is once more grabbing headlines. What are the points of law around the matter?
The pursual of South Africa's finance minister by the country's elite police unit could have dire consequences for the economy. Yet President Jacob Zuma appears not to care.
A row between South Africa's finance minister and the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations has prompted academics to pen an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to intervene.
The main criticism leveled at the body that oversees the work of South Africa's elite police unit, the Hawks, is that it lacks the power to initiate investigations, making it ineffective.