Jacob Zuma institutes Mxolisi Nxasana inquiry

2014-07-05 15:17

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President Jacob Zuma has decided to institute an inquiry into NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana, the presidency has said.

The decision was made in terms of Section 12(6)(a)(iv) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act 32 of 1998, the presidency said in a statement today.

This followed “careful consideration of all the matters” before him.

“Details regarding the establishment of the enquiry will be communicated to the public in due course,” the presidency said.

The New Age reported yesterday that Zuma had met Nxasana recently to discuss the national director of public prosecutions’ future.

At that meeting, Zuma reportedly asked Nxasana to resign or face being fired.

Nxasana told the newspaper that the meeting did not take place.

Later yesterday, both the presidency and the NPA said the story was false.

On June 9, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told reporters in Pretoria that no decision had been taken on how to handle Nxasana’s security clearance.

Under the NPA Act, President Jacob Zuma had the power to initiate an inquiry into Nxasana, he said.

Former justice minister Jeff Radebe had reportedly instructed Nxasana to resign a few days before the new Cabinet was announced.

Nxasana had apparently not been given a security clearance because of past brushes with the law. He has refused to resign.

Nxasana has vowed to challenge the matter in court or an inquiry should he be fired.

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