Video: Save Our Scorpions submissions to Parliament

The upshot of our ‘Save Our Scorpions’ viral campaign: 2000 written submissions and 98000 signatures on the various petitions (online, sms and hardcopy). Here’s a video clip of DA safety and security spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard handing them over at the Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security:

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As IOL reports, this follows a number of recent polls suggesting that support for the retention of the Scorpions is high.  

This includes: a Sowetan poll showing 79 percent support for its retention; an online poll by Carte Blanche indicating 97 percent support; an Ipsos-Markinor poll suggesting 67 percent trusted the Scorpions versus 31 percent who said the same about the SAPS – only 24 percent thought it was a good idea to disband the unit; and a TNS Research Survey which revealed that 59 percent of those polled in urban areas believed the Scorpions, or an equivalent unit, should remain separate from the SAPS.

It’s clear from these figures, not to mention the unprecedented response from the public, that the majority of South Africans support the retention of the Scorpions separate from the SA Police Service.

The question now is, will the ANC listen to the people, or will they simply bull-doze the legislation through Parliament anyway? The Times, for one, is not too optimistic in its story on this issue.

This story was also covered by The Citizen, Business Day, Politicsweb and, of course, the DA’s own Eye on Crime.

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