NPA boss claims there is a plot to oust him

2014-06-01 08:16
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town - National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana claims there is a smear campaign to oust him and has pointed a finger directly at his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, and at Special Director of Public Prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi.

According to the Sunday Independent, Nxasana says he will fight to the bitter end to keep his job – despite having been asked by former justice minister Jeff Radebe to resign after failing a security clearance due to an undisclosed murder charge.

The embattled prosecutions boss said in an interview with the newspaper that he firmly believes it is a conspiracy to oust him. He questioned the timing of current events and said he refused to resign as he was a "fit and proper person". Nxasana said he stood by his decision and would not be stepping down, adding he would fight "this all the way".

He said that Jiba had people “find dirt” on him with the intention of having his appointment declared irregular.

Nxasana, from the KwaZulu-Natal division of the high court, was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in October 2013. Jiba had been acting head at the time and had reportedly been promised the job.

No trust

Despite having been asked to resign, it was reported on Friday that Nxasana will remain in his position until the new Justice Minister Michael Masutha makes a decision on issues around his security clearance.

Meanwhile, Sapa, citing the Sunday Times, reported on Saturday that Nxasana also believes the media is trying to tarnish his image with the reports of alleged misconduct.

"At this stage I elect to exercise my right to remain silent," he was quoted saying.

"I cannot give you an audience because I cannot trust that you won’t distort the facts about the issue."

Read more on:    npa  |  michael masutha  |  mxolisi nxasana  |  jeff radebe  |  johannesburg

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