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Three officials are suing Ramaphosa for reversing their appointments by Zuma, but the president stands firm
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office has defended his right to reverse his predecessor Jacob Zuma’s appointment of five of the National Prosecuting Authority’s most powerful officials, as the president fights multiple court challenges to his efforts to restructure the embattled state prosecutions body.
In the same week Ramaphosa faced off in court with ousted prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba over what she says was his unlawful decision to fire her, the presidency hit back at a court bid by magistrate Ron Simphiwe Mncwabe to review Ramaphosa’s decision to reverse Simphiwe’s appointment as the Northern Cape director of public prosecutions.
Mncwabe is one of three officials – including former acting head of the controversial Priority Crimes Litigation Unit Torie Pretorius – who are suing Ramaphosa for reversing their appointments by Zuma, which he made just days before he was forced to step down...