Publication: Daily Dispatch Issued: Date: 2004-07-29 Reporter:

De Lille Regrets Ngcuka's Resignation



Daily Dispatch

Date 2004-07-29

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East London - It was a sad day for South Africa and the fight against corruption to lose a person of Bulelani Ngcuka's calibre, said outspoken Independent Party leader Patricia de Lille in an interview with the Daily Dispatch this week.

"Instead of a pat on the back, they gave him a political kick in the back," she said.

Ngcuka and the former head of the Special Investigating Unit, Judge Willem Heath, became "victims of their success".

"It's obvious he (Ngcuka) has been kicked out because of political pressure."

Ngcuka had upheld the principle that all people were equal before the law, but some within the ANC had wanted to be above the law.

"He tried very hard to remain independent in doing his job. It became difficult because of political interference."

De Lille said she did not care who became Ngcuka's successor "as a person is not important".

What was important to her was that the office of "the super prosecutor" was respected.

She hoped that his successor would not be pressurised politically.

With acknowledgement to the Daily Dispatch.