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Security clearance and the Head of the NPA

06 June 2014, 05:00

The security clearance and the Head of the NPA.

It is absolutely amazing how Government, whenever they are faced with a dilemma, suddenly finds a way out of it, by bending the rules in a ludicrous way, and explain the cause of their actions.

Of recent facts surfaced which showed that the Director of N.PA. , has a flawed past, which is embedded with charges of drunken driving, defeating the ends of justice, defending arrest, murder, etc. etc.

Yet at the time that he applied for the position, or when Jacob Zuma appointed him to the position, as the President was obliged to appoint someone on or before a specific date, in terms of a Court order, his criminal record, ignored, or not even being of any consequence or relevance in being appointed to this most senior position, that should be held by someone with an unblemished character reference.

Now once again Mac Maharaj has to step in and defend the action of the President at the time of the appointment and state ludicrously that the Director of Public Prosecutions need not necessarily be subject to a security clearance.

Apparently according to his public statement such a clearance takes at least 6 months as various consultations have to be conducted and the ruling party could not wait or delay the appointment that they were ruled to do by the court.

Fair and well, that it may take so long to do (as nothing in our democracy can these days be done effectively and efficiently in a shorter time, as we are working on “Africa time’) but the onus was on the applicant to have in his application disclosed his altercations and or criminal record with the law in his past, which is standard on any application for employment document.

Government seems to have adopted the principle of “Do as I say, and don’t do as I do” including the metaphor of “what is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander!’

We are by implication becoming the laughing stock of the world, as this is once again an appointment that was made by the President in the post of Director General, that had to be retracted, as due diligence was never done prior to the person being appointed in the position and this is not the first time that it has happened.

The question that we need to ask ourselves, is will we and especially the president ever learn, to protect your image and retain your credibility, you can’t trust anyone, especially if you are the president who has just as many enemies as friends, whom can’t wait to embarrass and sink you, and make you the laughing stock of the moment.

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