Pikoli: Law Society asks Motlanthe to explain dismissal ‘rationally’

2008-12-14 00:00

The Law Society of South Africa believes that the South African public is entitled to a proper explanation from President Kgalema Motlanthe why he has recommended that Parliament should dismiss the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Vusi Pikoli.

In a statement issued on Friday on behalf of LSSA co-chairs Max Boqwana and C.P. Fourie, the organisation said the president’s decision appears to fail the “test of rationality” for various reasons.

“Since President Motlanthe chose to recommend Mr Pikoli’s dismissal on the ground that he was insensitive to national security and the political environment, the LSSA urges the president to explain clearly his understanding of where prosecutorial independence to carry out prosecutions without fear, favour or prejudice, as guaranteed by the Constitution, is superseded by the protection of national security.”

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