Publication: Cape Argus
Reporter: Boyd Webb
Mbeki Gives His Reason for Suspending Pikoli
best way to deal with the conflict that had arisen between National Director of
Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli and Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla was to
suspend him, President Thabo Mbeki said yesterday.
With crime levels as
they were in the country, the office of the Public Prosecutions could not afford
to be embroiled in conflict *1 and stalemate *1 situations, Mbeki told the SABC on the
sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
announced Pikoli's suspension on Monday, citing an irretrievable breakdown *1 in the working relationship
between him and the justice minister.
But yesterday, analysts argued that
the president's decision to have Pikoli report to both Mabandla and Safety and
Security Minister Charles Nqakula had been a recipe for
disaster *1 and was unconstitutional *1.
"You cannot serve two masters *1," researcher
at the Institute for Security Studies Johan Burger argued.
With acknowledgement to Boyd Webb
and Cape Argus.
*1 This is what one gets for having
half-wits try to run the country.