Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chances that NPA chief Vusi Pikoli will be reinstated

By Cindy Witten
15 November 2008


After ex-President Thabo Mbeki suspended the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli, there is a chance that the National Prosecuting Authorities (NPA) boss will be reinstated to once again serve in the NPA.

According to legal experts, the constitution makes it clear that the President can only remove Pikoli on specific object grounds including the one that was investigated by the Ginwala commission. Professor of law at the University of the Western Cape Pierre De Vos says that therefore, if the Ginwala commission found Pikoli to be fit to continue serving in the NPA, the President must accept that.

“If the Ginwala commission found that Pikloli is a fit and proper person, the President has no choice in the matter and will have to reinstate Pikoli,” said De Vos.

He added that if the President chose not to do so, he would be interfering in the matter, which is against the law.

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