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Rights group calls for new NPA head to be of ‘unimpeachable integrity’

As the NPA prepares to appeal the court judgment ordering its head Shaun Abrahams, vacate his office, Freedom Under Law has welcomed his dismissal.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prepares to appeal the high court judgement ordering its head Shaun Abrahams vacate his office, various civil rights groups have welcomed his dismissal.

Freedom Under Law says the candidate appointed to replace Abrahams must be of unimpeachable integrity.

The lobby group says yesterday’s high court judgement signals the importance of the NPA's independence

The court has also found that the termination of former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana’s contract was invalid and that he should pay back the R17 million golden handshake handed to him.

The judge further ruled that it would not be just for Nxasana to be reinstated and that due to his pending corruption case, President Jacob Zuma was conflicted in appointing a national director of public prosecutions.

Freedom under law's Johann Kriegler said, “You want the behead of a department to be of the utmost integrity.”

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been ordered to appoint a new NPA head within 60 days.