Zuma to proceed with Nxasana probe

2015-01-31 16:29
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is going ahead with a probe into National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana's fitness to hold office, the presidency said on Saturday.

"President Jacob Zuma is proceeding with the enquiry into the fitness of the NDPP Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, to hold office and has requested that such an enquiry should proceed expeditiously in order to resolve such a matter which is no doubt of paramount public interest," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj in a statement.

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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