Minister "Does Not Recall" whether She Travelled with Ginwala
6 December 2007
The Minister of Justice, Me. Brigitte Mabandla, does not recall whether she travelled with the former Speaker, Dr. Frene Ginwala, on a SAA flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg on 20 September of this year. This is revealed in an answer to a Parliamentary question by the FF Plus MP, Willie Spies, addressed to the Minister.
According to Spies, who himself had been on the relevant flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, the fact that the Minister and the former Speaker had travelled together is meaningful as the trip occurred merely days before the suspension of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv. Vusi Pikoli. The Minister did not answer Spies' question whether she and Ginwala had attended any meetings together between 19 and 24 September (the day on which Pikoli was suspended). A simple "yes" or "no" would have cleared the issue. The fact that the Minister however sufficed with an answer that she "does not recall" - however raises new questions about Dr. Ginwala's independence in the investigation. Ginwala now has to investigate the question as to whether Adv. Pikoli is suitable to hold the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions following the irretrievable breakdown of the working relationship between Pikoli and Mabandla. "If Mabandla and Ginwala had held a meeting about the issue in advance, the independent investigation was still-born", Spies said.
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