Publication: Cape Argus
Mbeki Suspends NDPP's Vusi Pikoli
Thabo Mbeki has suspended the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)
Vusi Pikoli, the GCIS said on Monday.
"This decision was taken on the
basis of an irretrievable break down in the working relationship between the
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and the NDPP," said
Government Communications and Information System's spokesperson Themba
He said the suspension was in terms of Section 12 (6) (a) of the
National Prosecution Act 32 of 1998.
Maseko said Mbeki considered the
relationship between the Minister and the NDPP central to the effective
administration of justice and the "smooth functioning" of the National
Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
"The relationship breakdown had adverse
implications for the NPA and the functioning of the criminal justice system," he
He said an enquiry would be instituted to investigate the
functioning and role of the NDPP. Recommendations would then be made to the
Deputy National Director Mokotedi Mpshe has been appointed as
"Government would like to reassure all South Africans
that the functioning of the justice system will not be compromised, especially
within the context of the collective challenge to fight crime," he said.
With acknowledgement to Sapa
and Cape Argus.