The Helen Suzman Foundation, Corruption Watch, and Freedom Under Law have approached the Constitutional Court to have former NDPP Advocate Mxolisi Nxasana re-instated.
This comes as NPA boss Shaun Abraham is expected to decide whether or not to reinstate corruption charges against former president Jacob Zuma.
Nxasana was given a R17 million golden hand-shake during the inquiry into his fitness to hold office in 2015, but the courts have since ruled that he must pay back the money.
We believe Nxasana was coerced, there was no another option for him.— Nicole Fritz, founding Executive Director, Freedom Under Law
In December, the full bench of the High Court in Pretoria declared the appointment of Abrahams invalid and set the decision aside.
The court gave then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa 60 days to appoint his replacement.
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution says it left open the option for the court to rule that neither Abrahams nor Nxasana can occupy the NDPP post.
The best thing to do is to wipe the slate clean and start again with the president now appointing a new NDPP that can take the country forward.— Lawson Naidoo, CASAC Executive secretary
Casac say they can't rely on Abrahams because he goes with the political wind.
If there's another change in the political direction of the country will he once again change? I dont think we can take that risk. We need someone who is independent and robust.— Lawson Naidoo, CASAC Executive secretary
Listen to the reasons why civil society want Nxasana reinstated