'Illogical that Pikoli should return'

2008-12-08 13:22

Pretoria - It was "illogical" that suspended prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli should return to office, President Kgalema Motlanthe told journalists at a briefing in Pretoria.

This was after the contents of the Ginwala Inquiry, which looked into the conduct of Pikoli, was released on Monday.

The report found that the applicant could return to his job.

However Motlanthe came to a decision that Pikoli be relieved of his duties, citing that Pikoli had not paid sufficient attention to national security.

He reiterated that the report assisted the president in his decision, adding that he would communicate the decision to parliament within 30 days.

Clear conscience

"I've taken this decision with a clear conscience," Motlanthe said.

Motlanthe said Pikoli's professional competence was not in question.

"However it should be noted that the requisite skills would necessarily include professional competence as well as those outlined by the inquiry in particular, appreciation for and sensitivity to, matters of national security."

According to the NPA Act, Motlanthe will communicate his decision and all relevant background information to Parliament within 30 days. Parliament then either confirms or rejects Motlanthe's decision.

Former president Thabo Mbeki suspended Pikoli on September 23 last year, citing a breakdown in relations between Pikoli and former justice minister Brigitte Mabandla and a poor appreciation of national security among the terms of reference for a later inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Pikoli however said it was because his office planned to arrest National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption.

The inquiry itself held that the case for a breakdown in relations had not been established and their interaction was marred by differences in understanding of the respective duties and responsibilities of each office with regard to the prosecuting authority.

These could be overcome by "collegial discussion" Ginwala recommended.

Justice department director general Menzi Simelane was criticised, with the report saying: "In general his conduct left much to be desired. His testimony was contradictory and without basis in fact and in law."

National security criticism

During the inquiry Pikoli had to defend himself on his approach to national security.

He had to answer for the lack of security accreditation for his officials tasked with searching former deputy president Jacob Zuma's office during investigations against him and that he appeared to ignore a draft report known as the "Browse Mole" report, alleging a foreign-funded coup to bring Zuma to power.

The prosecutions authority's entering into plea bargain arrangements with people involved in organised crime was also queried.

During the inquiry, Ginwala heard that Mbeki, who resigned in September partly over inferences of an inappropriately close relationship with prosecution authorities, had needed time to make security arrangements before Selebi was arrested.

Mbeki said he needed two weeks and Pikoli had offered one.

  • Coby - 2008-12-08 13:41

    It turns out 100% logical to fire all the min isters except Trevor, and all ANC members of Parlement, for the same reason "not paid sufficient attention" to their duties. Useless bunch

  • Steve - 2008-12-08 13:42

    The "K-Factors" are at it again

  • WhiPnTickle - 2008-12-08 13:43

    Hire a drunk Yengeni as an MP and fire a guy who actually did his job LOVE IT! HEY if I kill someone can i be the president please??? I wanna be president. Hey ANC guys i stole money from my gran can i join the ANC? come on I got a wrap to im down. or must i make bones? OHHH can i rape someone?? can that get me an ANC MP post??

  • Benzo - 2008-12-08 13:48

    ..needed to investigate the decision of the interim president. And so the AN Circus keep each other busy at tax payers expense. Pikoli on the streets for now! Probably joining COPE for the next well paid job. Selebi back in office after a long paid holiday, inviting friend Agliotti for a free drink. Happy Christmas to all. Do not worry about drunken driving, between the court and the police they will get you off the hook for a fee. Yengeni for President!!!!

  • Filemon - 2008-12-08 13:53

    Pikoli's accuser Simelane was criticised in the report. Mbandla did not even appear. So Pikoli was found guilty of some ather trumped up charge not even included in the scope of the commission. Similar to Mbeki being found guilty by Nicholson although no charges or evidence were profeered against him. Read the book "after the Party" by Andrew Feinstein and get an insight into the ANC NEC dictatorship and corruption and cover-ups.

  • Coby - 2008-12-08 13:58

    It all sound 100% LOGICAL??????????

  • WhiPnTickle - 2008-12-08 13:58

    come on this is unfair Yengeni gets MP i want to join the ANC ( A Nother Criminal) Please!!! im a thug i tell u. Im more gangsta than Zuma

  • Bokamoso - 2008-12-08 14:04

    This is one of the boldest move our incumbent president had to take since his inauguration, leader must act and he did, i applaud him for such moves,pikoli is bad news and national security was compromise under his leader ship.

  • SvenGohre - 2008-12-08 14:17

    Ho Hum, more of the same illogical ANC reasoning

  • Flamby Baderbuis - 2008-12-08 14:20

    How on earth is this a bold move...When will my brothers start questioning those in power and not just accept? President says he was bad for national security so it must be true...Come on Bokamoso...question, question, question. It will free your mind

  • Keto - 2008-12-08 14:21

    That was a great move by Motlanthe. Pikoli was very careless during his tenure, cutting deals with hardcore criminals. Have you ever listen to the man? He is very weak as far as I can tell. Go away Pikoli. We don't want to see you or hear anything about you. Hamba Wena!!!

  • ? - 2008-12-08 14:29

    I watched a program last night on BBC2 called Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg. It is shameful that this occur in South Africa and it really opened the worlds eyes to what that place is about. No justice! We need someone that can get this back in order but will this happen...Your guess is as good as mine

  • mapogo km - 2008-12-08 14:32

    For once I was hoping that we as South Africans can be objective and welcome decisions made to protect our country.Why is it that most of the people using your comment box sound more and more bitter that the ANC is infact the party of the people?We the people of SA made a choice and our choice is the ANC.If you cant accept it bad for you.

  • ST - 2008-12-08 14:38

    Khampepe report -> Ignore, Ginwala inquiry -> Ignore. First the Scorpions, now Pikoli. The message is clear. You can steal, you can drive drunk... just don't do your job (and make the rest look bad) or you WILL get fired.

  • Al - 2008-12-08 14:38

    I hope Zuma learns from President Motlanthe that as a leader he is going to be forced to take tough decisions against even his own comrades. His hiding behind "issues must be debated" will end when he realises that he will not have the luxury of "debate" on certain issues....& he will be forced to make a decision there & then.

  • Racer - 2008-12-08 14:43

    I support Mr President on this decision this case has been going on for a while with tax payers Mula.

  • Racer - 2008-12-08 14:43

    I support Mr President on this decision this case has been going on for a while with tax payers Mula.

  • Sipho - 2008-12-08 14:44

    Doing someone a favour today may help with the pension money tomorrow!

  • Tyson - 2008-12-08 14:44

    Firstly the scorpions were cast in the lions den, very strange - how can the same people who were being investigated by the scorpions be allowed to vote for the fate of Scorpions?? Pikoli also touched the Mafia and frankly speaking, these guys with thick cigars and gold lighters gave the order for him to be ousted. really George Orwell's ''ANIMAL FARM''

  • Vuka-sizwe - 2008-12-08 14:51

    Baderbuis You are right, we need to question and not just accept. But in some cases people who ask good questions are given all sorts of names, e.g. HIV/AIDS denialist. This means that the public must just play victim and accept things as told. Vuka-sizwe

  • Zani - 2008-12-08 14:51

    Pikoli was just a risk. He cut deals with drug lords just to get the big fish. He should have acted decisively. Charge & prosecute all including the big fish.He was a risk to national security

  • Tshepo - 2008-12-08 14:53

    When former president Mbeki was fired no national security considerations were made. *how the markets will react *how the security institutions would react *that a deal in Zimbabwe was imminent under Mbeki *how cabinet ministers would react and the general public All of these were not considered

  • JanBoland - 2008-12-08 14:56

    National security compromised? Is this a joke? Everyone knows you can hide anything under the National security blanket! Wake up Motlanthe, the whole world knows you trying to hide the fact that the entire goverment is corrupt! That the national security bit you talking about? Only problem is the world wont keep quiet and none of this will ever go away, come clean! This is a sad state of afairs, the ANC now truely stands for ANC = All NOW CRIMINALs

  • Mr. Spoke - 2008-12-08 15:02

    He should not have challanged the president, If the president needs two weeks than let it be two weeks. Pikoli didn't trust anyone and his mistake was not trusting Mbeki! Soon JZ will learn the same thing! - Mr. SPoke (comments that keep ur wheels turning)

  • nthatuwa - 2008-12-08 15:07

    Im terribly disappointed by Mr Motlanthe.It makes one wonder who decided Pikoli's axing....Him or the rest of the GANG?

  • MajorPain - 2008-12-08 15:18

    Okay, just so I get this right. Was it a breech of national security when he wanted to arrest Jackie Selebi, Chief corrupt cop, involved in drug smuggling and helping cover up mafia style hits? I thought everything in SA was above board and transparent? Up until now I was undecided about Motlanthe...but now I know that he is the same as all the rest.

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