SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT TAKES NOTE OF COURT RULING TO APPOINT NEW NDPP

PRETORIA– The Presidency says it has taken note of the ruling by the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court, which declares as invalid and unconstitutional the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP).

Justice Mbuyiseni Madlanga on Monday said the appointment of Abrahams was invalid because the removal of his predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, was also constitutionally invalid because of the fact that former President Jacob Zuma bought him out of office.

“The Presidency is currently studying the judgment, cognizant of the order of the court directing the President to appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions within 90 days of this order,” the Presidency said here Monday.

“In studying this judgment, The Presidency is guided by the undertaking given by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address that South Africa’s law enforcement institutions would be strengthened and shielded from external interference or manipulation.”

President Ramaphosa had also stated that urgent attention would be given to leadership issues at the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that this critical institution is stabilised and able to perform its mandate unhindered.

Under Section 179(1) (a) of the South African Constitution, a National Director of Public Prosecutions is appointed by the President, as head of the national executive.

The Presidency said steps to be taken arising from the Constitutional Court judgment will be communicated in due course.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK