It is now official: May 2 is to be an additional public holiday. At its fortnightly meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday, the Cabinet endorsed a proposal that it should be declared as an additional day off "to compensate workers for losing a public holiday as a result of Human Rights Day falling on the same day as Good Friday".
Whether suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli had taken "national security interests" into consideration in decisions he made will be one of the main issues in a hearing to determine his fitness to hold office. President Thabo Mbeki on Wednesday approved the terms of reference for the inquiry.
The suspension of South Africa's National Director of Public Prosecutions amid silence by President Thabo Mbeki has led to concerns of government meddling in the country's justice system. Mbeki's integrity came under fire as his suspension of National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli was linked to the alleged pending arrest of police National Commissioner Jackie Selebi.
There are deeper issues in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) than simply the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, the South African Communist Party said on Monday, following an announcement from the Presidency on Monday that President Thabo Mbeki had suspended Pikoli.