Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Zuma to appeal ruling banning him from appointing prosecutions chiefs

Zuma to appeal ruling banning him from appointing prosecutions chiefs

"Whilst the president awaits a full briefing on the judgement, he has been advised that an early assessment displays, with respect, various grounds upon which a successful appeal may be prosecuted", Ngqulunga said.

He didn't comment any more, "out of deference to the court and the judicial system", saying "these grounds will be properly ventilated in the normal course in court proceedings".

Due to Zuma's pending corruption case, Mlambo ruled that he was conflicted and that the task would fall to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint a new director in the next 60 days.

Following Friday's decision by the North Gauteng High Court to remove the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Presidency announced that President Jacob Zuma would appeal the judgment. The rights groups applied to the courts to have Mr Abrahams's appointment set aside because of the manner in which his predecessor was removed.

Abrahams has been accused of shielding Zuma‚ who has fought off 783 counts related to corruption and fraud for several years.

The court also ruled that Zuma should not make a new appointment.

This comes after Judges Dunstan Mlambo, Natvarlal Ranchod and Willem van der Linde found that the termination of former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana's contract was invalid.

A full bench of the court ruled that Nxasana must pay back the R17-million golden handshake he received when he left office.

In handing down judgment on Thursday, Mlambo said: "In our view President Zuma would be clearly conflicted in appointing a NDPP considering the background of this case and the spectre of allegations against him".

During the hearing in November, the court heard that Zuma tried to "bully" Nxasana out of office by using an inquiry into his fitness.

Freedom Under Law, Corruption Watch and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution took the case to court, seeking an order declaring Nxasana's removal invalid. The organisations asked the court to review the financial settlement paid to Nxasana. Abrahams was the fourth chief prosecutor appointed during Zuma's tenure.

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