THE president cannot be amused. The announc ement b y the N orth G auteng High C ourt in Pret oria y esterday that N ational Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams must v acate his off ice in 6 0 da ys must ha ve c ome as a sharp st ab t o the bod y of effusi ve, agreeable bureaucrats J acob Zuma has built up around him.
Just one shor t month ag o, Zuma, responding t o a written P arliamentary question from C ongress of the P eople leader M osiuoa L ekota, said it w ould be “irrational and unc onstitutional” t o remo ve Abrahams from his post.
Many belie ve that this ne w t wist c ould represent a beac on of hope in the sea of insanit y surrounding the appointment of N ational Prosecuting A uthority (NPA) bos ses in rec ent y ears.
The c ourt’s decision has been hailed b y man y w ho hope that a ne w NP A bos s, appoint ed b y someone with hopefull y no int erests v ested in the proc ess, will t ake a f irm hand in dealing with the mas sive levels of c orruption — many surrounding the president himself — that Abrahams seemed t o ha ve ignored.
The f act that vic e president C yril Ramaphosa has been t asked t o appoint the ne w NP A bos s, inst ead of Zuma himself , must also ha ve c ome as a r ude slap to the president. I t implies the c ourts do not tr ust the president.