Publication: City Press Issued: Date: 2004-07-31 Reporter: Siyahleba

Scorpion Back into Mbeki's Court



City Press

Date 2004-07-31



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President Thabo Mbeki, who is currently keeping the nation in suspense on whether he will accept the resignation of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, played his cards well this week by passing the buck to none other than Ngcuka's wife.

Mbeki decided to give Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the "rope" (presidential powers) to decide on her husband's future .

But it is understood that Mbeki, who returned to the country yesterday, was disappointed by the minerals and energy minister's failure to use her presidential powers to accept her husband's resignation.

Mbeki probably expected the issue would have been resolved by the time he returned, so that he could focus on more pressing matters. But it was not to be - Mlambo-Ngcuka cleverly lobbed the scorpion back into Mbeki's court.

With acknowledgements to Siyahleba and the City Press.