Nxasana departure details still shrouded in mystery

2015-06-02 13:40
Mxolisi Nxasana (File, City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (File, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Information on National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana's sudden departure from office seemed to still be on lockdown on Tuesday, with journalists tweeting their frustrations at a media conference called by his lawyer.

"Mabunda being pressed to explain exactly why Nxasana resigned. All he will say is: 'He resigned.' Won’t explain," tweeted EWN's Barry Bateman in response to Nxasana's lawyer Busani Mabunda's replies.

Nxasana was meant to have been present, but pulled out at the last minute.

The country has waited three weeks for an explanation on why the Presidency called off a commission of inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office.

The inquiry was to have examined matters relating to his security clearance - including why he allegedly failed to declare a previous murder acquittal and assault charge, which came to light after his appointment. There had also been questions over why a thorough security check had not been done.

City Press reported on Sunday that Nxasana had a farewell party last Friday, and, hours later, a statement issued by the Presidency confirmed that he had left office.

Seeking information on Nxasana's plans, PowerFM tweeted: "#Nxasana Mabunda: Don't know what's next for him. Maybe taking a break, maybe going back to KZN.''

Rights group Freedom Under Law is considering legal action in order to get more details on the circumstances of Nxasana's departure.

On Sunday, the Presidency said that President Jacob Zuma and Nxasana had reached a settlement with regard to his departure. There has been speculation that Nxasana received a golden handshake in the region of R7m.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Silas Ramaite, is currently acting head of the NPA.

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