No word on Simelane

2012-10-10 18:59

Johannesburg - There was no further word on Wednesday on the status of National Director of Public Prosecutions Menzi Simelane after the Constitutional Court ruled his appointment invalid.

The National Prosecuting Authority said it could not comment and that the presidency was better placed to comment.

"Advocate [Nomgcobo] Jiba is currently the Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)," NPA spokesperson Vuyisile Calaza said.

On Friday, the Constitutional Court confirmed a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the Democratic Alliance that the president's decision to appoint Simelane as NDPP was invalid.

The justice minister had attempted to appeal the SCA ruling.

Both the presidency and the justice ministry said they would study the judgment.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said on Wednesday: "The president has not made a decision as yet."

The Johannesburg Bar Council did not want to comment at this stage on a report on Eyewitness News that a prosecutor for the council was busy drawing up a charge sheet of accusations that Simelane would have to answer to.

Comment from Simelane could not be immediately obtained.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-10 19:11

    I know the question has been asked, but to my knowledge not answered. If his appointment was invalid, does that nullify his decisions made while in the position?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-10 20:42

      @sharon.erwin.96:)the in a unanimous judgment read by his Lordship Justice Jacoob explicitly clarified that matter, that none of those decisions shall be nullified. In fact that was not even the legal question before the court.

      ludlowdj - 2012-10-11 10:15

      All his decisions become null and void.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-10 19:17

    The way I see it, it must. His APPOINTMENT was invalid which amounts to no-one filling that post for the time he was in the position.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-10 19:18

    Oh Lord, whenever the anc or presidency or any related arm goes quiet - WE KNOW another few RTrillion is vanishing

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-10 19:25

    The president is still applying His mind on the issue.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-10 20:24

      It is difficult to apply his mind because he is sitting on it.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-10-10 20:51

      Like where to deploye him or how big the hand-shake must be.

      FeebleGastro - 2012-10-10 21:26

      What mind?

      rontheogre - 2012-10-10 22:01

      He can't find it because it is smothered in paint after The Spear debacle.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-10 19:39

    Simple reason for silence...Zuma & Co are trying to find an individual who is pliable and who will keep him out of court.It's that simple!!

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-10-10 20:01


  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-10 20:21

    The reaction to this will be so dissapointing that the DA will wish that they should not have questioned it in the first place! check how de following appointments were made- Mogoeng Mogoeng, Jimmy Manyi, Riya Phiyega! Simelane's replacement is likely to be a reactionary spit in the face of south africans! Zuma is angry that his choice was overturned by the court. wait for the response....! he is still searching for the most unsuitable person. mxm

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-10 21:06

      @fox trixter:)DA did a sterling job as an opposition to defend the law and the Constitution of the country by stopping the appointment of a dubious and a flawed individual as the super lawyer of the Republic. He was found to be a dishonestly and of a questionable conscientious character. As to who is going to be appointed let's wait and see if Mr Minister of Justice will shoot himself in the foot again or he has run out of ammunition this time or he will stab his foot with the \Spear\.

  • FeebleGastro - 2012-10-10 21:25

    "Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj" (dumb d**s) "said on Wednesday: "The president has not made a decision as yet."" We live in a constitutional state, don't we? So the decision has been made and Zooma must just do what he must do. Sorry, I forgot. In Africa a constitutional state is a BANANA REPUBLIC.

  • pages:
  • 1