Publication: The Star
: Pikoli's Suspension 'Nonsensical'
reasons given by President Thabo Mbeki for the suspension of national director
of public prosecutions Vusi Pikoli were nonsensical,
the United Democratic Movement (UDM) said on Tuesday.
UDM leader Bantu
Holomisa said the fact that Pikoli was involved in crucial cases such as the
investigation of former ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma made one suspicious of the real motive
behind his suspension.
"The reasons for Pikoli's suspension advanced thus
far are nonsensical. President Thabo Mbeki must explain how
on earth he can remove the person who must take such important decisions
and then cite such flimsy reasons," he said in a statement.
Mbeki - who announced Pikoli's suspension in a statement on Monday citing an
irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between the national director of
public prosecutions and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla - might have acted
"The question is whether President Mbeki satisfied himself that
there really is such an "irretrievable breakdown" in the relationship between
Pikoli and the Minister of Justice, or did he simply take one person's side
irrespective of the facts?"
Holomisa said Pikoli's suspension could be
linked to the current ruling party's succession battle.
"The problem with
the ANC's deployment policy of appointing cadres to key
state positions is that when ruling party infighting becomes endemic, as
it is now, then there is pressure from certain factions to act against certain
people who occupy important positions in the state.
"Increasingly we see
that problems in government are a reflection of the ruling
party's problems," he said.
Several opposition parties have also
questioned the motive behind Pikoli's suspension, with the Democratic Alliance
calling for the national assembly's justice committee to immediately convene a
meeting to examine the issue.
With acknowledgements to Sapa
and The Star.