Nxasana still going to work despite presidency’s threat

2015-02-02 00:00

MXOLISI Nxasana will definitely go to work as the national director of Public Prosecutions today, despite a newly sharpened axe hanging over his head.

If the latest threatened investigation by President Jacob Zuma into Nxasana’s fitness of office bears out, Nxasana could become the fourth consecutive director who did not complete his term in this office.

This is the warning of fellow former director Vusi Pikoli, who yesterday warned Nxasana, who blames the president’s political interference for his own dismissal.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will then rejoin the list of leaderless government institutions whose proper function is hindered by political interference, including the Hawks, the Anti Corruption Task Team (ACTT), the Public Protector and the police.

Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj said over the weekend in a curt statement that Nxasana is again under investigation. He has not responded to queries for more detail.

The first investigation six months ago was based on dubious claims and came to naught.

Sister paper Beeld has learned the same urgent application that stopped Nxasana’s suspension then is still applicable. The presidency will therefore have to change the court’s verdict before it can suspend Nxasana.

Nxasana did not react to queries yesterday, but his spokesperson Velekaya Mgobhozi confirmed he will be working in office today.

The presidency said it wants to investigate Nxasana’s security clearance at the NPA, as it has found assault cases and a charge of murder from his teenage years in the 1980s — a charge on which Nxasana was found not guilty.

DA MP Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, who has herself been a victim of political interference at the NPA because of her refusal to drop investigations against the suspended head of crime intelligence Richard Mdluli, dismissed the presidency’s investigation as a joke.

She said the DA believes Nxasana’s attempt to lay charges of murder, abduction and defeating the ends of justice against Mdluli has made him the presidency’s latest victim in the NPA.

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