President Thabo Mbeki has with immediate effect suspended the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Vusi Pikoli, in terms of section 12 (6) (a) of the National Prosecution Act 32 of 1988. 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.
The President considers the relationship between the Minister and the NDPP central to the effective administration of justice and the smooth functioning of the National Prosecuting Authority. The relationship breakdown had adverse implications for the NPA and the functioning of the criminal justice system.
An enquiry will be instituted in terms of the NPA Act to investigate all matters pertaining to the functioning and role of the NDPP, and make recommendations to the President.
The President has appointed Deputy National Director Adv. Mokotedi Mpshe as Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure that the work of the NPA continues unhindered.
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.
Themba Maseko (Government Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 645 0810
Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)