Two news stories highlight ongoing political meddling that subverts the rule of law.
It is vitally important to liberate the prosecuting authority from any form of political interference.
President Jacob Zuma is going ahead with a probe into National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana's fitness to hold office.
The National Prosecuting Authority is too important to be captured by a faction. A transparent, comprehensive inquiry is now essential.
What makes it so treacherous for those seeking to cut through the NPA murk is that Mxolisi Nxasana cannot be considered a straightforward victim.
Public hearings of the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry have concluded, with the Social Justice Coalition asking to find the police inefficient.
Past national directors of public prosecutions have struggled to remain untainted by political machinations.
Former Harare police station commander Gert Nel says mob killings in the precinct were mostly sporadic and "spur of the moment incidents".
A senior officer has told the Khayelitsha commission there is a serious shortage of uniformed officers and detectives in the area.
Activist Zackie Achmat says a public pledge by the police would go a long way to mending their relationship with the Khayelitsha community.
The first witnesses have been called at the Khayelitsha commission of inquiry, one of which has called for an increase in police visibility.
The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry has continued its in loco inspections, with walks to several crime hotspots in the community.
The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry into policing has begun with an in loco inspection of the police station.
The commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha kicks off this week with a preliminary sitting before the public hearings begin in January.
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution has filed a complaint against the auditing firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo.
The ANC is demonstrating a growing intolerance of dissent, the party's youth league said in a statement on Saturday.
The former head of the National Prosecuting Authority, advocate Vusi Pikoli, finds himself unemployed again because of political interference.
The setting aside of President Jacob Zuma's appointment of Menzi Simelane is likely to heighten tensions between the judiciary and the executive.
One of the key witnesses is a known information peddler with links to intelligence agencies.