A defining feature of most African rulers is the idea that those elected into office own the country, the nation, and therefore the economy. Opposition is considered a stumbling block to these goals and is often ruthlessly suppressed. This obsession with absolute power is the control of the intelligence services, the police, the judiciary and state organs that should hold government accountable.
South Africa's sordid spy saga is a case in point and continues to haunt the Thabo Mbeki presidency. It reveals political interference in the affairs of justice from a very high level.
Threats, coercion, undue pressure were all exerted on those whose constitutional mandate it was to execute justice without fear or favour....
African presidents refuse to acknowledge that a government's duty is to leave a lasting legacy for generations that will succeed them.