Pretoria - Acting National Prosecuting Authority boss, Advocate Silas Ramaite was repeatedly urged to respond to questions directly when he was interviewed on Wednesday for the substantive National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) job he is vying for, against other candidates.
"The problem, Advocate, you are not answering questions directly. That is the frustration that this panel is having. You are being asked direct questions, you are being very philosophical referring to the House of Lords ... When we are here in South Africa we want to know what's happening at NPA. What's your road, if you are appointed as the NDPP," chairperson of the advisory panel, Minister Jeff Radebe intervened as Ramaite was taking a question from panellist Advocate Lawrence Manye.
"I have not heard you on these matters. For example, Advocate Manye says in 2015 you were acting director of public prosecutions. I had expected you to say during the time, these are the decisions that I took."
Ramaite told the panel that there had been no adverse judgements against him.
At one point, another panellist, Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, remarked that Ramaite had deprived the panel of the opportunity to get insight into the NPA.