Durban advocate Muzi Mkhize is "shocked" by media reports touting him as South Africa's next national director of public prosecutions (NDPP).
Mkhize, a senior counsel at the Durban bar, is being tipped in some circles for the NDPP post. He claims he has not been notified, either personally or by letter.
Mkhize feels "suitably qualified for the position" if called on by the president. He said his political or legal connections would have no bearing on his job if he were appointed. The appointment of the national director is considered a political appointment. The position is due to be filled following the recent dismissal of incumbent Vusi Pikoli by President Kgalema Motlanthe.
"I am shocked by the media reports. I have not received any notification or indication that I am being considered. I think media reports linking me to ANC president Jacob Zuma and my being charged with unprofessional conduct as a lawyer are malicious," he said.
Mkhize was on Zuma's legal team when he (Zuma) was first charged with corruption in October 2005.
He also has to his name a charge of misconduct when he was fined by the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society of Advocates after he had provided written opinion on a matter before the actual hearing.
"I have practised as a lawyer for 30 years. I have during this time also acted as a judge in two divisions - Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
"I believe I have the necessary attributes to do the job if appointed. Experience is critical to the job of national director," he added.
Meanwhile, a senior law expert in Durban, who did not want his name mentioned, has said the leaking of the "information about Mkhize is without substance".
"How can the job of NPA director be offered to Mkhize when Parliament is still to decide on the future of former head Vusi Pikoli," he said.