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Zuma to challenge NDPP bid - CASAC

Nomgcobo Jiba has been acting as National Director of Public Prosecutions for the past eight months.

Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency will oppose an application compelling it to appoint a permanent National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) revealed on Thursday.

Nomgcobo Jiba has been acting as National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) for the past eight months.

She took over the post after the Constitutional Court ruled former NPA head Menzi Simelane's appointment was irregular.

CASAC's Lawson Naidoo said they were informally told about the Presidency's decision to oppose the matter.

He says the court bid doesn't mean Zuma has to wait until the hearing to make an appointment.

"The very fact that we have initiated this action does not curtail that obligation upon him."

In mid-June, the Democratic Alliance (DA) also threatened to take the president to court if he failed to fill the post before the end of July.

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

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

The acting NDPP has been embroiled in an ongoing dispute with senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Earlier this week, Jiba and Breytenbach faced off in the Johannesburg Labour Court.