Simelani appointment a disgrace

2009-12-05 12:54

THE appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public

Prosecutions (NDPP) is not surprising given the inauspicious circumstances under

which President Jacob Zuma assumed office.

To appoint someone whom the government-appointed

Ginwala Inquiry made very serious and damning credibility findings against is

rewarding him for a bad job well done – the Scorpions were dissolved and Vusi

Pikoli was fired.

It is also deplorable to settle a court case regarding Pikoli’s

employment and then hardly five days later to offer the job to his staunchest


I hope Simelani will without question submit himself to the

authority and control of the director-general of the justice department in the

execution of his duties.

A longer term view of Zuma’s decision in the appointment of

Simelane as NDPP must also not be forgotten.

To ensure that the dropped charges

against him are never revived he definitely needs a dependable cadre of the

movement as the NDPP.

We must also brace ourselves for a wave of politically motivated

criminal prosecutions of the politically vulnerable and unconnected.

This will

come under the cloak of fighting crime and corruption in order to take focus

away from the obscene lack of ethics and morality in our political lives.

The ominous signs are there ­already as dirt is being dug up

against selected former cadres or those who have fallen out of favour.


remember the tripartite alliance is perennially in ­election mode.

The silence of law organisations such as the Black Lawyers

Association and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers on this

appointment is alarming.

Moses Matsimbi, Pretoria

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