NPA boss accused of second murder

2014-06-08 09:04
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town – Controversy around the National Prosecuting Agency boss Mxolisi Nxasana has deepened after he was accused of being linked to a second murder.

According to the Sunday Times, the head of the NPA's integrity management unit Prince Mokotedi said he had been stopped by the agency from investigating allegations that one of the assault charges against Nxasana in the 1980s had in fact been a killing.

This latest accusation has lifted the lid on what is clearly a bitter power struggle within the NPA, reported the newspaper. Nxasana has in the past accused a faction, led by his deputy Nomgcobo Jiba, of trying to oust him.

New allegations

Last week Sapa reported that DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach said Nxasana was being targeted because he allowed the reinstatement of fraud and corruption charges against suspended police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

"The national director of public prosecutions appears to have a lot of support among the staff of the NPA on ground level, so they believe these new allegations are a red herring in order to get rid of him," said Breytenbach, herself a former senior prosecutor at the NPA.

Breytenbach was speaking at a Democratic Alliance media briefing where the party outlined its intention to call on Parliament to look into Nxasana's appointment.

The controversy arose a few weeks back when it emerged that Nxasana was called to a meeting by former justice minister Jeff Radebe and asked to resign only days before President Jacob Zuma announced his new Cabinet.

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