/ 4 April 2008

Confusion over ‘resignation’ of Scorpions boss

The Presidency and Justice Ministry on Friday claimed to have no knowledge of Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy’s attempts to resign.

They also claimed to know nothing about President Thabo Mbeki’s reported refusal to accept the resignation letter.

”There’s no such thing,” said Presidential spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga.

”Leonard McCarthy accounts to the minister of justice. The Department of Justice will deal with this matter.”

Zolile Nqayi, spokesperson for Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Brigitte Mabandla, said he knew neither of a reported meeting between McCarthy and the Justice Ministry, nor of the resignation itself.

The Cape Times reported on Friday that Mbeki was apparently refusing to accept McCarthy’s resignation letter, which was submitted this week.

According to the article, the newspaper had ”reliably learnt” that McCarthy met Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Johnny de Lange on Thursday to discuss the issue.

The government, the National Prosecuting Authority and legal sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the meeting, as well as Mbeki’s apparent reluctance to accept the resignation, the Cape Times reported. — Sapa