Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2004-10-22 Reporter: Sheena Adams

Mushwana Set to Meet Acting Head of Scorpions



Cape Times

Date 2004-10-22


Sheena Adams

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Public protector Lawrence Mushwana and the acting head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are to meet today.

Tensions arose earlier this year between then-Scorpions boss Bulelani Ngcuka and Mushwana over the Public Protector's finding that Deputy President Jacob Zuma's right to dignity had been trampled on.

Zuma had complained to Mushwana about public statements Ngcuka had made about the Scorpion's investigation into the deputy president's financial affairs.

The meeting between acting NPA head Silas Ramaite and Mushwana has been called by Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla and is to be take place at parliament.

Earlier this year, parliament called on Mabandla to convene such a meeting. An ad hoc committee was set up in June to examine Mushwana's report.

Mushwana recommended steps be taken against Ngcuka for, among other things, infringing Zuma's right to dignity and causing him to be improperly prejudiced by saying there was prima facie evidence against the deputy president, but no charges would be brought against him.

In retaliation, Ngcuka, referring to Mushwana's report, said he'd "smash it to smithereens".

The committee recommended that Ngcuka and Mushwana meet to enhance co-operation.

Ngcuka tendered his resignation in July.

With acknowledgements to Sheena Adams and the Cape Times.