Former NPA boss Vusi Pikoli Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA) Archives
Johannesburg - Former NPA boss Vusi Pikoli has moved to quash rumours that he may be appointed as the new national director of public prosecutions. 

Pikoli tweeted on Tuesday that he has no intention of returning to the NPA. 

"I wish to thank all those who have confidence in me. The truth is that I have no intentions of going back to the NPA. I hope this closes the debate," said Pikoli. 

Pikoli also had an unceremonious departure from the NPA. He was suspended by former president Thabo Mbeki and was later fired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe.  

There has been an increase in speculation about who will be appointed as the NDPP following the Constitutional Court ruling that found the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as NDPP was unlawful. 

The court judgement delivered on Monday said former president Jacob Zuma had abused his power in negotiating for former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana's departure. It said the manner in which Nxasana left office was illegal along with the R17 million golden handshake he received. 

The court found that it would not be just for Nxasana to return to his job and that it was also not possible for Abrahams to stay on as the head of the NPA. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been ordered to appoint a new NDPP within 90 days. He is expected to announce an acting head soon. 

Pikoli is among a list of other people that a number of South Africans have expressed their desire for them to be appointed. 

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has also been named, with the hashtag #ThuliForNDPP trending on social media. 

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