‘Nxasana must restore dignity of NPA’

Vusi Pikoli says the NPA has been impacted by political interference.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli says the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) new boss Mxolisi Nxasana must restore the dignity of the organisation which has been impacted by political interference.

Pikoli was suspended from his job in 2007 and ultimately reached an out of court settlement with government.

He maintains he was sidelined in order to stop the prosecution of corrupt ex-police chief Jackie Selebi.

In his new book, My Second Initiation, written with Eyewitness News reporter Mandy Wiener, Pikoli says the NPA must exercise its power carefully.

"Prosecutors are powerful people and can destroy people's lives, so it's a power that must be carefully exercised."

Pikoli has also weighed in on the ongoing battle between senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach and her bosses at the NPA.

He says the saga smacks of political interference.

"I know she's a tough prosecutor who will do her job as best as she sees fit and has always been guided by the law."