The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed a decision by North Gauteng High Court to strip President Jacob Zuma the powers to appoint the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).
The ruling is a sequel in which Judge Mlambo set aside to terminate the employment of former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana and the appointment of Shaun Abrahams.
The application was brought by civil society organisations.
They challenged Nxasana’s R17 million golden handshake.The court ordered him to pay back the money as it was invalid.
The court ruled that President Zuma may not have a say in the appointment of a new NDPP
Zuma faces 783 counts of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering against him and is conflicting
Judge Dunstan Mlambo ordered on Friday that NDPP head, Shaun Abrahams should vacate office and let someone who can do the job take over.
Mlambo has ruled that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must appoint a new NDPP in the next 60 days.
“We welcome the Court’s decision to remove the power from President Zuma to appoint a new NDPP and gave them to Deputy President Ramaphosa,” said Maimane
“Abrahams has shown his incompetence, by taking no action on the allegations of corruption and state capture,” said DA Leader Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane said South Africa needs a new NDPP soon to pursue the prosecution.
He said Zuma has proved he is not willing to appoint an independent NDPP who will act without fear or favour towards him as President.
“Every person he has appointed to the job has been unsuitable, given the job only to protect the President from prosecution,” said Maimane.
Maimane said NPA was the first state institution being captured.;lHe said the Court has today [Friday] struck a blow against that capture and in favour of an independent, muscular national prosecutor.
Maimane said the previous Public Protector ordered President Zuma not to appoint a judge to lead an inquiry into state capture.
“This is why the DA has proposed that the President’s power to appoint the NDPP to be removed, and be vested with Parliament,” he added.
Maimane said Ramaphosa should act without delay and appoint a National Director that will restore the reputation of NPA and its independence