The report in the paper is pretty lucid and balanced - then - read the comments from our would be voters - Zim, here we come!!
Axed prosecuting head Vusi Pikoli has accused President Kgalema Motlanthe of firing him to protect Jacob Zuma.
In papers filed before the Pretoria High Court this morning as part of his urgent legal bid to stop Motlanthe from appointing his successor, Pikoli said he suspected that the President had "acted with an ulterior purpose when he dismissed me".
While stating that he did not "have any direct evidence of his ulterior purpose and I cannot say with confidence exactly what it was", Pikoli said circumstantial evidence around his dismissal "gives rise to an overwhelming inference that President Motlanthe did not act in good faith".
Pointing out that the Ginwala Inquiry into his fitness to hold office had found that he was a fit and proper person for his position, Pikoli said the President had "fundamentally misconstrued" the Inquiry's final report on his competency.
Motlanthe used concerns raised by Ginwala Inquiry head Dr Frene Ginwala over Pikoli's reluctance to give then President Thabo Mbeki two weeks to prepare for the Scorpions' pending arrest of police boss Jackie Selebi as a basis for his dismissal - despite this never being raised as a complaint against Pikoli by government.
According to Pikoli:
"(N)ot only was (Dr Frene Ginwala's) criticism unfounded, the President moreover fundamentally misconstrued it and then used it as a springboard from which he made unwarranted inferential leaps to come to his conclusion that I was not fit for office.
"I submit that this contorted reasoning to conclude that I should be removed from office in the face of Dr Ginwala's recommendation the other way, smacks of bad faith and an ulterior purpose."
The "circumstantial evidence" on which Pikoli said he based his suspicions of an ulterior purpose was the following:
Pikoli has also reiterated his belief that his initial suspension by Mbeki was driven by his refusal to halt the Scorpions investigation and pending prosecution of Selebi.
Explaining his motivation for challenging his dismissal in court, he explained that he wished "to vindicate the Constitution".
"I am not a man of means and my family and I are entirely dependent on my salary.
"That is however not why I bring this application. I would have brought it even if Government paid me my salary for the remainder of my term of office.
"I passionately believe in (the principles of the Constitution, the rule of law and particularly the principle of prosecutorial independence) and have sworn an oath of office to uphold them.
"If I do not make a stand, these values would be severely damaged," he said.
Pikoli's legal team have asked that the Presidency undertake not to appoint a new prosecutions head until his court application was finalised.
But, speaking to The Star this morning, Presidency spokesman Thabo Masebe said Motlanthe's office had refused to do so.
" The post (of NDPP) is vacant and there is no interdict or law that stops the President from filling it.
"We respect Mr Pikoli's right to challenge his dismissal in court but until such time that there is an order of the court interdicting us... we will continue (in the appointment process)."