Nxasana out as prosecutions boss

2015-05-31 13:31
Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Alet Pretorius

Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Alet Pretorius

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Johannesburg - Prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana and President Jacob Zuma have struck a deal that Sunday will be his last day on the job, the Presidency said.

''Jacob Zuma has reached a settlement with the Head of the National Prosecution Authority, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana, in terms of which Mr Nxasana will vacate his position as National Director of Public Prosecutions from 1 June 2015," the statement said, confirming an earlier City Press article.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Mashau Silas Ramaite, will act in the position from Monday.

''Pursuant to discussions and consultations held responsibly and in good faith, the parties recognised that protracted litigation and the holding of an enquiry are not in the best interest of the NPA, Mr Nxasana, nor the government at large and, consequently, the President ceased the holding of such an enquiry.

''The Government recognises that Mr Nxasana is professionally competent and possesses the requisite experience and integrity required to hold a senior position.

''The President expresses his sincere gratitude to Mr Nxasana for his contribution to the work of the National Prosecuting Authority and wishes him well in his future endeavours.''

An inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office was abruptly cancelled on May 11 and the presidency has waited weeks to say anything.

The inquiry would have brought up his two previous convictions of assault, complaints of professional misconduct laid against him with the KwaZulu-Natal law society, criminal charges for acts of violence and his arrest and detention on criminal charges.

He allegedly failed to reveal some of these details in his security clearance.

Read more on:    npa  |  jacob zuma  |  mxolisi nxasana

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