Zuma orders Nxasana inquiry

2015-02-06 05:00
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has established an inquiry to determine the fitness of Mxolisi Nxasana to hold office as National Director of Public Prosecutions, the presidency said on Thursday.

The inquiry was established in terms of section 12 (6) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act, 1998 (Act 38 of 1998), spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"President Zuma has appointed advocate Nazeer Cassim as the chairperson of the enquiry. Advocate Lindi Nkosi-Thomas and advocate Sthembiso Mdladla have been appointed as additional members."

The terms of reference would be published in the Government Gazette on Friday, Maharaj said.

In August last year, Zuma notified Nxasana that he was considering suspending him pending an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Nxasana filed an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in September, seeking an interdict to stop Zuma from suspending him before he had been provided with full details of the allegations against him and given a chance to make further representations.

Judge Joseph Raulinga postponed his application indefinitely.

Zuma announced his decision to institute the inquiry on 5 July, after reports emerged that Nxasana had apparently not been given a security clearance because of past brushes with the law.

This included being tried for murder around 30 years ago. He was acquitted on the charge based on his version of self-defence.

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