Mbeki debate – Letter #5

By | 13th February 2016

On 8 February 2016, Former President Thabo Mbeki published a letter on his Facebook page in which he seeks, nearly a decade down the line, to justify his decision to suspend former NDPP, Vusi Pikoli – who intended to execute warrants against the late Jackie Selebi – on the basis of ‘national security’.

Lauren Kohn was interviewed by Redi Tlhabi on Cape Talk 702 about this issue and how the law governing the office of the National Prosecuting Authority does not authorise the President to interfere with individual prosecutorial decisions – even on the basis of so-called ‘national security’.

Click here for the full radio interview.

Former President Thabo Mbeki this week used his letter to again deny that he suspended former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Advocate Vusi Pikoli to stop him from charging Selebi. We get analysis from constitutional law lecturer, Lauren Kohn.