The lobby group Right to Know (R2K) is in the High Court in Pretoria seeking an order compelling the President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the interviews for a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) public.
R2K wants Ramaphosa to allow the media and the public to have access to the NDPP interviews and selection process.
According to R2K's Mluleki Marongo, the court has confirmed the urgency of the application and will rule on its merits this afternoon.
Just in: The Judge has dismissed the President's argument that the case should be thrown out because it is self created urgency @CyrilRamaphosa— Right2Know (@r2kcampaign) November 13, 2018
They've made the ruling on the point of urgency... The judge has just said this is urgent and must be heard today, right now because the interviews are tomorrow.— Mluleki Marongo, Reasearcher at Right 2 Know
So we've won on that procedural aspect and after lunch, we will argue the merits.— Mluleki Marongo, Reasearcher at Right 2 Know
The Presidency is opposing the urgent court bid to allow media coverage of the interviews of 12 NDPP candidates.
The closed interviews are scheduled to get underway on Wednesday.
After which, an advisory panel will recommend at least three names for the position of SA’s prosecutions head.
According to papers on the @r2kcampaign website the NGO is seeking an urgent interdict against @PresidencyZA over the NDPP shortlisted candidate interviews set to begin tomorrow. It wants them to be public, and open to the press. pic.twitter.com/N2KBD9May7— Erin Bates (@ermbates) November 13, 2018
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : High Court rules that bid for open NDDP interviews is urgent and will rule today