The NPA is now dead and buried

2009-11-28 00:00

SO the former director-general of the justice department is the new director of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)? How ironic. This is the gentleman, although I’m not sure if there is anything gentlemanly about him, whose lack of understanding of what the NPA is all about was revealed during the Ginwala Inquiry.

Using strong-arm tactics and his political connections, Menzi Simelane is the man who can be credited with getting rid of his predecessor. He effectively set himself up for the position. Clearly, he takes a very long-term view of things as no one would have imagined that he would be the new “Vusi Pikoli”.

Between Simelane and former justice minister Brigitte Mabandla, I am not sure who is the bigger ass. Is it Mabandla for issuing unlawful executive decisions or Simelane for executing them?

It’s mind-boggling when so-called law fundis transgress the very laws that they are supposed to be well schooled in.

It reminds me of a particular vice chancellor and rector who, when he was told that he needed to get a legal advisor, said that he has many law degrees and would defend himself.

Even better, the legal advisor’s salary was channeled into his account. For what, for advising himself?

I need not mention how many times he made a wrong call. What an idiot.

Simelane’s appointment signifies a time when we should put flowers on the grave of the deceased that used to be called the National Prosecuting Authority because it is now dead and buried.

I have an idea. Just like the ANC decided to hire someone who is not their own to chair the Select Committee On Public Accounts as a goodwill gesture, why do they not apply the same cordial thinking to highlight the impartiality that is key to the incumbent of the position of NPA?

This way, they would allay fears that many of us may harbour about the Hawks — which is what replaced the Scorpions.

Simelane has been rewarded for being an idiot. He should have known this.

How, you may ask?

Because he is just about the only director-general, or rather former director-general, who has publicly fallen into the good books of both the Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma administrations.

I have a feeling that he will be used, for political motives off course, and then get chucked out like stale chewing gum. Or rather, make that a worn-out condom.

When it comes to such irrational political appointments, you are only good for as long as you toe the line, and then you are past your “use-by date”.

I am sure he knows that he is not the best person, or rather he is not the best idiot for the job, but has chosen to settle for political prostitution.

Mediocrity pays and absolute mediocrity pays absolutely.


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