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Zuma expected to appoint NPA head

Casac says it expects the appointment to be made before the end of this week.

President Jacob Zuma answers questions in parliament. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) at the weekend said it still expects President Jacob Zuma to make a permanent appointment to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by the end of this week.

Casac is arguing that Zuma's failure to permanently appoint a permanent National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) constitutes a failure to fulfil a constitutional obligation.

Last month, the president promised through court papers to make the appointment.

Zuma was responding to a legal challenge by the constitutional lobby group to make the appointment leaving it unfilled since November last year.

The NPA has been without a legally appointed permanent head since September 2007 when Vusi Pikoli was suspended.

Casac last week asked the Constitutional Court to force Zuma to make an appointment.

The group's Lawson Naidoo said they expect an appointment this week and they expect Zuma to appoint someone fit and proper.

"I think the court was quite clear in terms of how the president needs to evaluate the person, who is also independent to head the NPA."

Naidoo said that if no appointment is made they will have to continue their case.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has said that if Zuma appoints Kwazulu Natal Magistrate Stanley Gumede, it will challenge that decision.

The DA claimed Gumede has serious complaints against him at the Magistrates Commission.

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