Pres­i­dency de­nies NDPP short­list re­ports

Cape Times - - NATION - KHUSELA DIKO Pres­i­dent’s spokesper­son News Agency (ANA) | African

THE Pres­i­dency has de­nied me­dia re­ports claim­ing cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als have been short­listed as can­di­dates for the po­si­tion of Na­tional Direc­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (NDPP).

“The panel, es­tab­lished by Pres­i­dent (Cyril) Ramaphosa to as­sist iden­tify and se­lect can­di­dates for con­sid­er­a­tion is still busy with short­list­ing. There is, there­fore, no truth to the re­ports on short­listed can­di­dates,” said Ramaphosa’s spokesper­son, Khusela Diko. “A pub­lic state­ment will be is­sued once the short­list­ing process has been com­pleted.”

Me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day sug­gested An­drew Chauke, the South Gaut­eng Direc­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions, and Glyn­nis Breyten­bach, a for­mer pros­e­cu­tor who later joined the DA, were both in the run­ning for the po­si­tion.

Last month, Ramaphosa in­vited a num­ber of le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­de­pen­dent pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions to help iden­tify and se­lect in­di­vid­u­als for con­sid­er­a­tion as pos­si­ble can­di­dates for the NDPP po­si­tion.

The panel was asked to iden­tify po­ten­tial can­di­dates, es­tab­lish that they met the re­quired cri­te­ria, con­duct in­ter­views with po­ten­tial can­di­dates and rec­om­mend at least three of them to the pres­i­dent.

While the panel would make rec­om­men­da­tions, the Con­sti­tu­tion

Ramaphosa would make the NDPP ap­point­ment af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha

pre­scribed that ul­ti­mately only the pres­i­dent could ap­point the NDPP.

At the time, Diko said Ramaphosa would make the NDPP ap­point­ment af­ter con­sult­ing Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions in­vited to pro­vide a rep­re­sen­ta­tive were the Gen­eral Coun­cil of the Bar of SA, the Law So­ci­ety of SA, the Black Lawyers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Demo­cratic Lawyers, Ad­vo­cates for Trans­for­ma­tion, the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral of South Africa and the SA Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion.

The panel was tasked to com­plete its work and make rec­om­men­da­tions to the pres­i­dent to en­able him to meet the dead­line set by the Con­sti­tu­tional Court to ap­point a new NDPP within 90 court days from Au­gust 13.

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