Spokesperson: Justice minister didn't miss inquiry deadline

2015-04-06 22:52
Justice Minister Michael Masutha announces that parole for Eugene de Kock has been denied. (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

Justice Minister Michael Masutha announces that parole for Eugene de Kock has been denied. (Stefan Heunis, AFP)

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha has submitted all the information in his possession to the inquiry into National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana as required, his office said on Monday.

"The file was submitted on the date he was required to do so by the rules of the inquiry," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said in an sms to News24.

"The secretary had handed the received information to the evidence leaders who are considering the matter and may require further information from the various sources necessary to formulate evidence on which Mr Nxasana must answer. He [Masutha] is therefore not required to make a submission or is there any directive requiring the same."

Mhaga said the information was submitted on March 6.

Earlier on Monday, Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said Masutha had failed to meet a deadline to make submissions to the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office.

"The minister was required to file his submissions by March 27 2015” and “has to date not filed his submissions”, Breytenbach said in a statement.

She was quoting from a ruling by the inquiry’s chairperson, advocate Nazeer Cassim SC that gave Masutha until April 20 to make “full submissions”.

President Jacob Zuma established the inquiry in February to probe whether Nxasana brought the National Prosecuting Authority into disrepute for his alleged failure to disclose an acquittal on a murder charge, due to self-defence, in 1985, and previous charges of assault and resisting arrest.

It was given six weeks to conclude its work.

Cassim is being helped by advocates Lindi Nkosi-Thomas SC and Sthembiso Mdladla.

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