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Pikoli to withdraw application

2009-11-23 08:29

Johannesburg - Ex-chief prosecutor Vusi Pikoli's lawyer will withdraw an application challenging his dismissal in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

"I will be withdrawing the application today [Monday]," his lawyer, Aslam Moosajee, said.

He was not certain if his client would attend the hearing.

The government announced at the weekend that it had reached an out-of-court settlement with Pikoli which will see him walk away with R7.5m.

In return, Pikoli agreed to drop the court challenge.

Pikoli took the government to court after then President Kgalema Motlanthe decided to sack him despite a commission of inquiry partly clearing his name.

Pikoli has maintained that he lost his job as National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) because he decided to prosecute former police commissioner Jackie Selebi on corruption and fraud charges.

Business Day newspaper reported on Monday that President Jacob Zuma was scheduled to meet top ANC officials on Monday to discuss the appointment of a new NDPP.

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