NDPP must be independent - Pikoli

Former NDPP Vusi Pikoli says the way an NPA boss is appointed must change.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli pictured in Midrand on16 November 2010. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli on Monday said the president should no longer have the sole power to appoint a head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

On Sunday, Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe said President Jacob Zuma would appoint new NPA and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) heads by Thursday.

Last year, the Constitutional Court said Zuma's appointment of Advocate Menzi Simelane as NPA head was irrational because he was not a fit and proper person.

Nomgcobo Jiba has been acting as NDPP.

Pikoli said the appointment process for an NPA head must change.

"[The process must be] an appointment, which is akin to the appointment of the chief justice."

He said an independent person is needed to run the prosecuting body.

"The person to be appointed to this position should not be in a position to play politics."

Former president Thabo Mbeki suspended Pikoli as he was about to arrest former National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi.

The former top cop was convicted for corruption and for helping convicted drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti.