DA sees a way to get Arthur Fraser out of his new position
Menzi Simelane judgment could hold the key to dislodging the former spy boss
The setting aside of Menzi Simelane’s appointment as national director of public prosecutions by the Constitutional Court could be used to get former spy boss Arthur Fraser out of another senior government position if the DA gets its way. On Friday, the party took the legal battle to have Fraser’s appointment as national commissioner of correctional services set aside to the High Court in Pretoria, where it filed a court application. This comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed the DA’s earlier urgent bid to have the application heard directly in the apex court, saying the application should be dismissed because direct access was not in the interests of justice and the matter was not urgent. The DA wants the high court to declare President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to move Fraser from the post of director-general of the State Security Agency to head SA’s prisons as inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid. Fraser’s shift to correctional services happened two days befor...