Pretoria - Lawson Naidoo, an executive secretary for the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac), has told the Mokgoro Inquiry that the state's prosecutors were not paid to be popular or be loved.
The integrity of prosecutors must be beyond reproach and they should act without fear, favour or prejudice, he said.
Naidoo was making his submission on Wednesday about what constituted being fit and proper when serving in the office of the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA).
Naidoo said Casac had been involved in various issues relating to the NPA over the years.
The Mokgoro Inquiry was instituted by president Cyril Ramaphosa to look into the fitness to hold office of suspended Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, and her colleague, Special Director of Public Prosecutions, Lawrence Mrwebi.