No word on Simelane

2012-10-10 18:59
Menzi Simelane (Picture: Beeld)

Menzi Simelane (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - There was no further word on Wednesday on the status of National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane after the Constitutional Court ruled his appointment invalid.

The National Prosecuting Authority said it could not comment and that the presidency was better placed to comment.

"Advocate [Nomgcobo] Jiba is currently the Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)," NPA spokesperson Vuyisile Calaza said.

On Friday, the Constitutional Court confirmed a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the Democratic Alliance that the president's decision to appoint Simelane as NDPP was invalid.

The justice minister had attempted to appeal the SCA ruling.

Both the presidency and the justice ministry said they would study the judgment.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Wednesday: "The president has not made a decision as yet."

The Johannesburg Bar Council did not want to comment at this stage on a report on Eyewitness News that a prosecutor for the council was busy drawing up a charge sheet of accusations that Simelane would have to answer to.

Comment from Simelane could not be immediately obtained.

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