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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.

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