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Simelane not fit for office - DA
The DA on Tuesday told the Constitutional Court, Advocate Menzi Simelane was not fit for office.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday told the Constitutional Court, Advocate Menzi Simelane was not fit to be in office, and was only appointed head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) so someone malleable would run the organisation.
Simelane and the Justice Ministry are opposing a Supreme Court of Appeal Decision that President Jacob Zuma's appointment of Simelane was unlawful.
The Ginwala Commission found that Simelane had tried to mislead it, when he gave testimony under oath.
The DA’s lawyer Owen Rogers said there was no proper process to determine whether Simelane was the right candidate for the job.
“The president neither asked for nor received any written reports concerning Simelane’s performance as Director General of Justice.”
However, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe would have known about Simelane’s performance.
“The minister having been a cabinet minister all along would have had some understanding of how the Department of Justice was performing.”
Rogers said there were no official documents that could prove this and which could be submitted to the court.
Zuma appointed Simelane in 2009 despite a public outcry from the DA and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Supreme Court of Appeal Decision in December ruled that Simelane’s appointment was invalid.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)