'NDPP process is flawed'

UNBIASED: President Kgalema Motlanthe attends the church service after his State of the Nation address. The sermon was conducted by reverend Johan Botes at the Nederduitse Gereformeede in Cape Town. 08/02/09. Pic. Elmond Jiyane. © Unknown.
UNBIASED: President Kgalema Motlanthe attends the church service after his State of the Nation address. The sermon was conducted by reverend Johan Botes at the Nederduitse Gereformeede in Cape Town. 08/02/09. Pic. Elmond Jiyane. © Unknown.

The Democratic Alliance has applauded President Kgalema Motlanthe's stance yesterday when he said that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) appointment process was flawed.

The Democratic Alliance has applauded President Kgalema Motlanthe's stance yesterday when he said that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) appointment process was flawed.

Party MP Len Joubert said Motlanthe stated his support for exactly the same proposals put forward by the DA.

This, after Motlanthe stated in an interview on the same day that the NDPP should be appointed by an independent body, similar to the Judicial Services Commission.

"Last September we noted our intention to introduce a Private Members' Bill, which would amend the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act and create an independent appointment procedure for the National Director," Joubert said. "It is critical that the people of South Africa are served by a fully independent NDPP. As such, the President must be commended for adopting this stance."

" We challenge the ANC's legislators to support him, as well as the Private Members Bill which we will introduce to ensure that this important reform of the NPA Act goes ahead," Joubert said.

Briefing the media in Cape Town, Motlanthe said the appointment process would be more credible if it was carried out by an independent body such as the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

"It would be better if the appointment of the NDPP were to be done by a body such as the JSC."

Under the current National Prosecutions Authority Act, Motlanthe could appoint a person of his choice to replace suspended National Prosecuting Authority head Vusi Pikoli. "These are some of the weaknesses in the Act that really deserve correction," Motlanthe said. -Sapa.

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