Simelane to know fate today

2011-12-01 00:00

NATIONAL Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Menzi Simelane will know today whether he still has a job.

The Supreme Court of Appeal is expected to hand down judgment this morning on the Democratic Alliance’s application to have Simelane’s appointment declared unlawful and unconstitutional.

The DA’s federal chairperson, James Selfe, wasn’t making any predictions on the outcome of the judgment yesterday, but he felt confident that the party has presented a strong case.

“I don’t think President [Jacob] Zuma applied his mind in making the appointment,” Selfe said.

The DA’s application was on the basis that the president acted outside of his powers in appointing Simelane as a person who was not fit and proper to hold the office of National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The DA said Zuma failed to consider evidence in the public domain that revealed Simelane’s disregard for the constitutional principle of prosecutorial independence.

He also ignored the Public Service Commission’s recommendation that disciplinary action be taken against Simelane.

The DA’s application said “the evidence provided suggests that Zuma appointed Simelane to ensure that powerful ANC leaders, including himself, would be immune from prosecution in the future”.

Speculation has been rife in political circles that the government has been looking at other offices that Simelane could be deployed to, in case the judgement goes against him.

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