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By unknown | Nov 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sapa and Sowetan reporter

Sapa and Sowetan reporter

The public might know next week whether the Ginwala Commission has indeed declared suspended director of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli fit for office.

Speaking to the media at a post-cabinet briefing in Cape Town yesterday, government spokesman Themba Maseko said the report - a copy of which was sent to Pikoli on November 12 - was being studied by Pikoli's lawyers.

"President Kgalema Motlanthe has given a copy of the report to Pikoli and his attorneys and gave them a week to respond to the report and express their views," Maseko sai.

"Pikoli's lawyers then came back and said a week was not enough, they needed two weeks, and that will take them to the end of next week.

"So as soon as the lawyers respond the president will look at what they've said and decide what course of action he will take."

Motlanthe would then decide whether to reinstate Pikoli and release the report to the public.

Former president Thabo Mbeki suspended Pikoli after he had issued a warrant to arrest now suspended police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Mbeki claimed that Pikoli had failed to inform his political head, former Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla, about his intentions to charge Selebi with fraud and corruption.

He established a commission of inquiry, headed by former national assembly speaker Frene Ginwala , to establish whether Pikoli was fit to hold office.


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