Saturday, September 27, 2008

Deputy Minister Pahad resigns

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 September 2008


It has been reported that Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad has resigned in writing to newly appointed President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Pahad turned down the president’s decision to re-appoint him in his post.

He handed in his resignation on Tuesday, to then President Thabo Mbeki, along with several other cabinet ministers. He says due to an unfortunate communication problem, President Motlanthe announced his re-appointment on Thursday.

Pahad says he’s come to the decision after concluding that Judge Chris Nicholson’s judicial activism has led him to conclude that former President Mbeki and his entire cabinet interfered politically in the work of the National Prosecuting Authority.

He says given the serious nature of the claims, he will not enable him to serve in the executive.

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