KZN SACP wants Simelane redeployed

2011-08-22 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal chapter of the South African Communist Party (SACP) is calling for the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, advocate Menzi Simelane, to be redeployed because “the record of the NPA has deteriorated into a situation far worse than that of his predecessors”.

Provincial leader of the SACP and ANC MPL Themba Mthembu said this at a press conference in Durban yesterday following a meeting of the SACP’s provincial executive committee (PEC) at the weekend.

Mthembu said that since the controversial appointment of Simelane to head the NPA two years ago the authority has failed to secure any major convictions and it has been constantly in the media for wrong reasons, such as infighting between Simelane and some leading investigators.

He said the last straw was the way the NPA handled the recent arrest of senior ANC leaders in the province, MEC for Economic Development Mike Mabuyakhulu and KZN Legislature speaker and senior SACP leader Neliswa Nkonyeni.

“The PEC expressed disappointment about the conduct of the NPA in this matter in which the prosecuting authority effectively subjected the two comrades to a trial by the media. We believe the leaks to the media by some senior NPA officials were a gross violation of the two comrades’ constitutional rights to a fair trial …

“The conduct of the NPA in this matter confirmed to the PEC that there were many truths in the findings of the Ginwala commission of inquiry as far as Simelane is concerned.” The Ginwala Commission in 2007 found Simelane’s conduct to be “highly irregular”

Mthembu said the SACP is considering asking the Human Rights Commission and the Public Protector to investigate the conduct of the NPA in this matter and making representations to Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and President Jacob Zuma.

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