Stop NPA, SIU speculation - Radebe

The minister told MPs the president is giving due consideration to the appointments.

FILE: Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - People should stop speculating about who will be appointed to head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Wednesday.

Earlier in 2013, it was reported that Magistrate Stanley Gumede would be named the new NPA boss, while Advocate Guido Penzhorn would take over at the SIU.

President Jacob Zuma is yet to announce who will take over these posts.

During his budget vote speech in Parliament on Wednesday, Radebe told Members of Parliament (MPs) that the president is giving due consideration to the appointments.

"We will discourage any speculation until these appointments have been made."

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has tabled a bill to limit the president's powers when making such appointments.

DA MP Dene Smuts said, "We need to put the choice of the National Director of Public Prosecution in Parliament's hands. If the honourable president makes another inappropriate appointment, the DA will [legally] challenge [the matter] again."

In a written reply to Parliament last week, Zuma said there was no deadline to make the appointments.