The law envisages that a national director of public prosecutions NDPP serves a nonrenewable term of ten years, in order to entrench the independence of that office. Yet our reality has seen that provision undermined and eroded.
The courts have now set aside the other three permanent appointments that President Jacob Zuma has made. Zuma's characterisation as a "constitutional delinquent" may be an understatement. It was the issue of the timing of the laying of charges on counts of fraud, corruption and racketeering against Zuma that led Mpshe to take his ill-fated decision to drop those charges in Mpshe's decision to then drop the charges paved the way for Zuma to be elected president of the republic the following month.
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Finally, at the Supreme Court of Appeal in September this year, his legal team conceded that Mpshe's decision to drop the charges was irrational, Menzi simelane wife sexual dysfunction with the argument made by the Democratic Alliance since Zuma now seeks to make further representations to the NDPP, proposing that the charges not be pursued.
The meek Shaun Abrahams has once again heeded "His Master's Voice", and extended the deadline for Zuma to submit these representations until the end of January. Abrahams had initially given Zuma until the end of November to submit his Menzi simelane wife sexual dysfunction -- so much for the independence of the NDPP.
Zuma's excuse is that his legal advisors have been too preoccupied with other legal matters to be able to meet the initial deadline. Has there ever been a president anywhere, at any time in history, who has been embroiled in litigation as much as Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has?
To compound matters, much of this litigation has been aimed at protecting his personal interests using state resources.