New NPA boss: Zuma will decide when he decides

2013-08-30 13:29

President Jacob Zuma is still expected to make a decision on the appointment of a new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), the presidency has said.

“We are not able to give a time [for the announcement]. However, the president is aware of the time frame,” spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

“It will be announced as soon as he arrives at his decision.”

Zuma said in papers to the Constitutional Court in July that he would appoint the new NDPP by the end of August.

He also said he hadn’t had the time to appoint a permanent head of the NPA because “there have been significant real crises such as at Mangaung”.

Read: Zuma: There was a ‘crisis’ at Mangaung

“I have considered many candidates for the NDPP position, and unless something unexpected happens, I will make the appointment before the end of August,” Zuma was quoted as saying in the papers.

The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution previously approached the Constitutional Court seeking an order that Zuma make the appointment within 30 days.

The National Prosecuting Authority has been without a permanent chief since 2011 after Menzi Simelane’s appointment was declared invalid.

In the court papers, Zuma said the NPA was neither in a state of crisis, nor unstable.

Zuma said the appointment process was almost complete, and he denied that any “improper motive or agenda” was behind the delay.

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