Zuma adviser behind NPA appointment

2014-06-01 08:57
Michael Hulley (File, Sapa)

Michael Hulley (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma’s legal adviser, Michael Hulley, has been named as the person behind the appointment of National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana.

According to the Sunday Times, three separate sources confirmed that Hulley, the lawyer who helped get corruption charges dropped against Zuma in 2009, recommended Nxasana to then minister of justice, Jeff Radebe.

Nxasana was appointed to the position without a security clearance being done – a move that has come back to haunt the government.

Last week Nxasana admitted that he had had a number of brushes with the law, including two convictions of assault. He was also once charged with murder but acquitted on the grounds that it was self defence. He has also been charged with resisting arrest and has in the past been fined by the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society for misconduct.

Further investigations have found that he also has serious traffic offences against him and has been accused of nepotism in the past.

When approached for comment however, Hulley did not respond but senior sources within the NPA said Nxasana had become the victim of internal battles. They said he was getting the job done and praised his professionalism.

Read more on:    npa  |  jacob zuma  |  mxolisi nxasana  |  michael hulley  |  jeff radebe  |  johannesburg

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