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Zuma pressed to appoint NPA head

The Democratic Alliance will take Zuma to court if he doesn’t appoint a new NDPP by the end of July.

The Democratic Alliance will take Zuma to court if he doesn’t appoint a new NDPP by the end of July. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has until the end of July to appoint a permanent National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head or he could face court action.

Democratic Alliance (DA) chairperson James Selfe has written to the president urging him to make an appointment.

If Zuma fails to fill the post, the opposition party will take appropriate measures to compel him.

The DA says having an acting NPA head is undesirable because the independence of the position is undermined.

Selfe said an acting National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) cannot determine prosecution policy.

"It is not only undesirable to have a long-standing temporary appointment, it is in fact unconstitutional."

Since Menzi Simelane was put on special leave in December 2011, the country has had an acting NDPP.

In October, the Constitutional Court ruled Simelane's appointment was unlawful and should be set aside.