Zuma: NPA head should be appointed by August
President Jacob Zuma says he will appoint a national director of public prosecutions by the end of August. The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) reportedly approached the court seeking an order that Zuma make the appointment within 30 days. According to Beeld, the watchdog organisation claimed South Africans' safety, freedom and equality were at stake unless Zuma appointed an national director of public prosecutions to ensure the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) independence, stability and efficiency.
Beeld reported that he claimed to have considered a number of candidates, but to have rejected them, for confidential reasons. Zuma reportedly said the appointment process was almost complete, and he denied that any "improper motive or agenda" was behind the delay.
Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa director Paul Hoffman, reportedly told Beeld Casac deserved praise because it had forced Zuma to commit to a date. Zuma was criticised heavily for not appointing someone to the position, especially after corruption charges against him were dropped by the NPA even though reports suggested that prosecutors were overwhelmingly in favour of going ahead with charges against him.
The charges were dropped against Zuma before he was chosen as president, and the controversial spy tapes were dismissed by the NPA.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & Guardian