Supreme court rules Zuma’s appointment of chief prosecutor ‘invalid’ (Punch)

Supreme court rules Zuma’s appointment of chief prosecutor ‘invalid’ (Punch)

South Africa’s Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the appointment of chief prosecutor Shaun Abrahams was “constitutionally invalid”.

The court’s ruling, upheld a decision by a lower court that found Abrahams was improperly appointed by former president Jacob Zuma.

Abrahams had appealed the earlier High Court judgment that ruled that the removal of his predecessor,
Mxolisi Nxasana, was unlawful and that his own appointment be revoked.

Judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga found that the manner in which former prosecutions boss Nxasana vacated office was invalid and therefore it had a knock-on effect on Abrahams’ appointment.

Madlanga found that former President Jacob Zuma was bent on removing Nxasana at all costs and effectively bought him out with a R17 million settlement. Read more

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