President Cyril Ramaphosa will soon get certainty over the legality of Shaun Abrahams’s leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), with the Constitutional Court expected to rule within two weeks on whether the appointment is valid. SA’s highest court has taken over five months to reach a decision on whether Abrahams should stay or go. The delay has led to rampant speculation over the court’s decision, which is expected to be split. Legal consensus strongly suggests that the court’s majority decision will be that Abrahams will have to vacate his office. And, if that is the case, who will replace him? Insiders have confirmed to the FM that former national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) Vusi Pikoli was approached months ago to consider returning to the post he was suspended from by then president Thabo Mbeki in 2007. Pikoli maintained that his removal was motivated by the Scorpions’ corruption prosecution of former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, a long...

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