Simelane appointed special adviser

2013-04-28 13:22

Johannesburg - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Menzi Simelane has been appointed special adviser to Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, it was reported on Sunday.

Public service spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said Simelane was employed by the justice department and seconded to the public service department while his contract with the former was being finalised, The Sunday Independent reported.

"The fact that there was a case that was critical of him does not make him less of an advocate," he said.

"We are very much aware of all that has been said, but he is a good adviser and is doing a good job."

In October, the Constitutional Court confirmed a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling in favour of the Democratic Alliance that President Jacob Zuma's decision to appoint Simelane as NDPP was invalid.

This followed a long-running DA submission that Zuma had not properly considered Simelane's appointment, and had only had Simelane in mind.

Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the department was "not aware of any formal assumption of duty" in Sisulu's office.

Simelane told the newspaper Sisulu asked him to help and provide legal advice.

"The... judgment did not end my employer-employee relationship with government," he said.

"Contrary to what the media writes the judgment did not say that 'Simelane is not a fit and proper person'... ."

  • NickvanGraan - 2013-04-28 13:27

    I wonder what "Special Advice" he is going to be giving her? I suppose the fired cadre needs a job somewhere ...

      Rendani Nemavhidi - 2013-04-28 15:33

      If this 100 percent rate of cadres can be rolled out to entire society imagine what the country can look like!

  • Jacques Walker - 2013-04-28 13:37

    Why don't they just fire him? They keep moving these scumbags from one post to the next.

  • Tim Norris - 2013-04-28 13:38

    Are there so few competent people around that idiots who have been rejected by the highest court in the land are still being given work. What a lovely life these "connected" people enjoy!! And this is announced on the same day that the corrupt Zoomer says he is fighting corruption - unreal and very sad

  • Ndlovu Khanyisani - 2013-04-28 13:45

    Ay ay mani Simelane again? Sick sick can't it be any person other than Simelane.

  • Dan Gleebits - 2013-04-28 13:50

    October 2012: M & G report on ConCourt confirmation of invalidity of JZ's appointment of Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions: "The Constitutional Court evaluated Simelane's evidence at the Ginwala inquiry – when he was director general at the justice department – and concluded "the evidence was contradictory and, on its face, indicative of Mr Simelane's dishonesty and raised serious questions about Mr Simelane's conscientiousness, integrity and credibility"." Oh yes, this is clearly descriptive of a "good advisor" capable of doing a good job. The game of musical chairs of failed cadres just keeps going on and on...

  • Kevin Powels - 2013-04-28 14:15

    I wonder if the ANC knows what message they are sending out to the voters or do they believe that the entire population are idiots

  • nkululeko.zulu.5 - 2013-04-28 14:17

    Special advisor on how to do corruption!!!!!!

  • Kevin Powels - 2013-04-28 14:19

    does the ANC know what the message is that they are sending out to the voters or do they believe that the entire population are idiots

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-04-28 14:20

    Thieves and scoundrels always look after each other.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2013-04-28 14:31

    You are not fit to being are leaders

  • Mariette Troxler - 2013-04-28 14:35

    No worries here, he will disgrace himself and the ANC soon enough. HA ha aha, didn't they get it that he cost them the coloured vote in the western cape? Unbelievable short memories or just plain dumb vrotness?

      Samuel Khazamula Bila - 2013-04-28 15:44

      That ws Jimmy Manyi but I think He was rite abt the over concentration of Coloureds in the Cape.Atleast we had someone who hard the guts to speak His mind without fear n favored,

  • Lois Lloyd - 2013-04-28 14:37

    Appointing one buffoon to advise another!

  • pietopper - 2013-04-28 15:53

    But....but...but what happened to her previous sweetheart with the "brilliant legal mind", Paul Ngobeni, the lovely guy who was disbarred in the USA and is still wanted there on charges of skipping bail, fraud and neglecting child support? Is he out of favour now? Life is so unfair.

      Attie Tredoux - 2013-05-08 18:43

      Why don't they ever learn?

  • Mariette Troxler - 2013-04-28 15:59

    Samuel, thanks for the correction

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-28 16:43

    Lindiwe Sisulu seems to help out all the lame ducks. She also appointed paul ngobeni as special adviser.

  • pws69 - 2013-04-28 17:39

    Round and round the merry go round.

  • Lynette Smith - 2013-04-28 19:45

    Just another idiot being paid for nothing.

  • Andrew M - 2013-04-28 20:09

    Minister Lindiwe Sisulu looking after JZ interests in appointing this man. Again it is only taxpayer money being used to look after buddies.

  • Richard Brett - 2013-04-29 09:00

    Advisor on how to cover your corrupt activities

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