NPA under attack

2015-02-01 06:00

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More political pressure has been piled on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) after former president Thabo Mbeki publicly questioned its investigation of disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

This came as the presidency confirmed that it was going to press ahead with an inquiry into National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness to hold office.

President Jacob Zuma has been deliberating whether to press ahead with the inquiry since August, but yesterday, in response to City Press questions, his spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, confirmed the probe was going ahead.

Read: Zuma gives Mxolisi Nxasana inquiry the green light

Mbeki wrote a tribute to Selebi, who died last week, that was read out at the 64-year-old’s funeral in Pretoria yesterday.

In his tribute, Mbeki alluded to elements in the country’s law enforcement agencies who, he said, plotted to have Selebi unseated as the country’s top cop.

Mbeki was accused of trying to protect Selebi from prosecution, although he has always vehemently denied this.

Meanwhile, City Press has learnt that Nomgcobo Jiba, a deputy director at the NPA, reportedly knew that Zuma had decided to continue with an inquiry into Nxasana before the announcement was made public.

City Press understands that Jiba, who has been involved in a leadership struggle with Nxasana for months, was this week telling NPA employees that Nxasana would soon be suspended.

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