Cabinet backs Simelane

2009-12-03 17:51
Cape Town - Cabinet on Thursday said it had full confidence in controversial new National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane and took a swipe at "unfortunate" media reports criticising his appointment.

It welcomed Justice Minister Jeff Radebe's defence of Simelane's appointment this week, when the minister rejected the Public Service Commission's (PSC) call that he face disciplinary procedures.

"The timeous response and intervention by the minister of justice and constitutional development on the unfortunate media reports around the appointment of the director of the National Directorate of the Public Prosecutions (NDPP) was welcomed.

"Government wishes to reiterate its confidence in the NDPP to carry out his responsibilities," the government said in a statement following the last Cabinet meeting of the year.

Simelane's appointment met with an outcry from the opposition and legal fraternity, who questioned whether he was fit to hold the position.

Simelane was accused by the Ginwala inquiry into former prosecutions boss Vusi Pikoli's fitness to hold office, of interfering with the independence of the National Prosecuting Authority.

This stemmed from a letter he drafted in 2007, on behalf of then justice minister Brigitte Mabandla, in which Pikoli was advised to stop the arrest of then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

But Radebe said the PSC's failure to make a recommendation on the basis of former speaker Frene Ginwala's report without hearing evidence from Simelane was a fatal flaw, and had violated his rights.

- SAPA
Read more on:    psc  |  vusi pikoli  |  menzi simelane  |  jackie selebi  |  politics
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mind power tends to dominate your actions. Some things need to be dealt with on an emotional and feeling level. Try not to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.