Jacob Zuma puts Mxolisi Nxasana inquiry on ice

2014-08-21 16:12

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President Jacob Zuma has put the inquiry into prosecutions head Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness for office on ice following a meeting with him last week.

Answering questions in the National Assembly this afternoon, Zuma said he “halted the processes that related to the inquiry to allow an opportunity for that meeting”, which took place on Friday.

He said Nxasana “tabled certain issues to which I’m still applying my mind”.

“I’ll meet him again soon to take the matters forward because the issues that he raised needed to be given some thinking so that when we meet we’ll be able to then move forward.”

Nxasana also halted his court action in which he sought an urgent interdict against his suspension.

Nxasana requested the meeting with Zuma.

Zuma announced his decision to institute the inquiry on July 5 following reports that Nxasana had not been given security clearance and that he did not reveal that he was tried for murder three decades ago.

Nxasana was cleared of the murder charge because he pleaded self-defence.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane’s question in Parliament was about when the terms of reference of the inquiry would be tabled and the time frames established.

In a follow-up question, Maimane asked if it was not a conflict of interest for Zuma to decide on Nxasana’s future if the national director of public prosecutions could decide whether to drop or reinstate charges against him.

Zuma said there were no charges against him and court had not found him guilty.

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