Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2004-07-28 Reporter: Owen D. Simons

Ngcuka was Pushed



Cape Times

Date 2004-07-28


Owen D. Simons

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I do not blame National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka for offering to resign his position.

I believe, however, that he was pushed, if not overtly, then certainly covertly. I have been following Mr Ngcuka's public life since the Hefer Commission.

I have no doubt in my mind that there is much more to this than meets the eye. And as matters stand, I've been grabbing for my Eyegene since the stinging news of Ngcuka's resignation hit the headlines!

Whether the ongoing battle surrounding Jacob Zuma just became too much for Mr Ngcuka and his family to bear, or whether someone in power suggested straight out that he resign, this is a very unsettling affair.

This matter goes to the heart of the arms scandal and to the very core of the future freedom of every South African.

No-one should be disagreeing with the top echelon of the ANC. That seems to me the clear warning to anyone wishing to show any dissent.

I have expressed my view in many published letters and as a South African am disgusted with what I see clearly as a victimisation of Mr Ngcuka and his supporters. Mr Penuell Maduna was victimised because of his part in the Hefer Commission.

He was not re-elected to the cabinet recently. What will the ANC do next? Force Mr Ngcuka's very able and efficient wife, Phumzile, out of her position as minister of mineral and energy affairs?

I feel that South Africa will be losing a very efficient and seemingly unbiased lawman in Mr Ngcuka. I am also pretty sure that the ANC top echelon has someone in mind for this position, someone more than willing to toe the party line and throw objectivity to the wind.

This, to me, is one of the saddest of the current dismal state of affairs surrounding the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

With acknowledgements to Owen D. Simons and the Cape Times.