Perhaps it may be the right moment to question the power bestowed upon the president to appoint and remove the head of the National Prosecuting Authority.
It may be the right time to question the independence of the NPA and the cascading effect this has on the institution which ordinary South Africans rely on.
History informs us that the prosecuting authority, in so far as political independence is concerned, has failed to uphold its duty to exercise its functions without fear, favour or prejudice.
The indicators are clear. Not one national director of public prosecutions has successfully completed their 10-year term. The first and longest serving NDPP, Bulelani Ngcuka, eventually vacated his office and reports suggest that the "resignation spoke of political pressure and not just a personal desire to move on".
Ngcuka's biggest mistake was announcing his intention to investigate then deputy president Jacob Zuma for possible corruption in the multibillion-rand arms deal.
Though it was denied that Ngcuka was pressured to leave, we should have known that the NPA was in ruins when the career of Ngcuka's successor, Vusi Pikoli, also came to an abrupt end.
Like Ngcuka, Pikoli found himself entangled in politics when he fell out of favour with former president Thabo Mbeki, because he dared to go after the late police commissioner Jackie Selebi for corruption, racketeering and defeating the ends of justice.