Simelane: No political meddling

2010-04-14 23:09

Johannesburg - There is no political interference in any prosecutorial proceedings of any case in the country, said the National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane on Wednesday.

"There isn't any political interference, and there has not been any political interference.

"I don't even know what political interference looks like," Simelane said during a public lecture at the Wits University's graduate school of public and development management.

He said a crime is a crime and "people need to do their jobs".

He said the public was allowed to ask questions where it did not understand decisions that were taken.

"What people cannot say to me (is) 'promise us that when so and so is accused of something you will prosecute' ... You look at the facts in each and every case because they are different.

"Interestingly so, people do not say to judges 'promise us that when so and so appears before you, you will convict them' - because it is impossible. In law there is no such word as obvious."

Simelane said South Africa is "very far" from a Zimbabwe situation because it has a strong judiciary and a political will to ensure that justice is done.

"All we have is corruption like any other country. People should be held to account and cases must be investigated properly," he said.