Editorial: Decision about prosecuting former minister Maria Buncamper Molanus long overdue

POSTED: 07/4/14 12:58 AM

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has been unable to take a decision about the criminal prosecution of former Public Health Minister Maria-Buncamper-Molanus for the past three-and-a-half years, and it continues to leave this question in limbo.

This newspaper took Buncamper-Molanus to task in 2010 for highly questionable speculation with land she held in long lease – an action that forced her to leave office. We have always considered this a justified outcome, but the prosecutor’s office’s subsequent indecisiveness is something we do not condone.

Citizens are entitled to know within a reasonable time whether they will be prosecuted for (alleged) wrongdoing or not. One cannot let such matters hang over someone’s head for years with no end in sight. This decision is long overdue.

Today this happens to Buncamper-Molanus, tomorrow it could happen to anybody.

It is therefore understandable that the former minister, who wants to make another run for public office in August, wants to put this business behind her. She paid the political price in 2010 and should now get the opportunity to move on.

The electorate will then decide how it looks at this affair – almost 45 months after the candidate’s political downfall.

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