Atmosphere of paranoia at NPA – report

2014-06-08 11:42
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town - It is apparently open war at the National Prosecuting Agency with an atmosphere of paranoia prevailing.

According to the Sunday Times, there are claims that emails and calls are being intercepted, that large amounts of documents are disappearing and that a security guard controlling access to the boss’ office has been fired.

According to sources, the guard, who was fired on Wednesday, had allegedly been instructed to spy on NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana by his deputy Nomgcobo Jiba. The guard was allegedly caught removing files relating to high-profile cases.

The newspaper reports that Nxasana has in turn accused Jiba of being obstructive when asked to hand over files relating to major cases, including that of former spy boss Richard Mdluli, the Cato Manor death squad case and the spy tapes case used to withdraw corruption charges against Zuma, among others.

Long list of accusations

These allegations form part of a long list of accusations being made by factions within the agency that appear to be working against each other.

This comes after NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana failed to get security clearance due to past brushes with the law, according to a Sapa report.

On the back of this, former justice minister Jeff Radebe summonsed Nxasana to a meeting only days before President Jacob Zuma announced his new cabinet and instructed the NPA boss to resign from the job. Nxasana refused to do so.

Nxasana however claims there is a faction within the NPA – led by Jiba – that is trying to oust him.

Security clearance checks include background checks so as to ensure officials have no criminal records, pending cases against them, financial misconduct charges or any other embarrassing situations.
Read more on:    npa  |  jacob zuma  |  mxolisi nxasana  |  richard mdluli

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