Casac concerned by Pikoli reports

CASAC says political interference in Pikoli's resignation raises integrity concerns.

Former NPA boss Vusi Pikoli. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (Casac) on Friday said it was deeply concerned that Advocate Vusi Pikoli was forced to resign from an auditing firm.

The former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss resigned from SizweNtsalubaGobodo (SNG) following pressure from unnamed people in the ANC, the Mail and Guardian reported.

But the firm said it was not instructed by anyone on the matter.

Pikoli's resignation raised concerns about the integrity, independence and objectivity of the firm.

Casac's Lawson Naidoo said the matter was "extremely worrying".

Pikoli claims he was asked to resign because some ANC members threatened to cut off government contracts.

In 2007, he was suspended as NPA head.

This was seen as an attempt by then president Thabo Mbeki to protect former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.