Publication: News24 Issued: Date: 2004-07-25 Reporter: Tisha Steyn Reporter: Sapa

Ngcuka : NNP Urges Replacement




Date 2004-07-25


Tisha Steyn, Sapa

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Johannesburg - The New National Party on Sunday called on the government to urgently appoint a new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) following reports that Bulelani Ngcuka has quit his post.

NNP spokesperson Carol Johnson said: "We urge the government fill the vacancy in a speedily fashion as the office of the NDPP is crucial in the fight against crime."

Sunday newspapers reported that Ngcuka has asked to resign from his post.

The government's chief spokesperson, Joel Netshitenzhe, confirmed on Saturday that Ngcuka had submitted his resignation.

"Once the president (Thabo Mbeki) has formally considered the matter and formally responded to the minister (of justice, Bridgette Mabandla), a formal announcement will be made," he said.

Ngcuka is the latest victim of the political fallout from the Scorpions' investigations of alleged corruption by Deputy President Jacob Zuma.

Johnson said on Sunday Ngcuka did an excellent job as the chief prosecutor and his decision to step down should be respected.

"The NNP wishes him well on his future endeavours," she said.

With acknowledgements to Tisha Steyn, Sapa and News24.