Nxasana understanding of 'protective role' questioned

2015-05-11 18:22
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Johannesburg - National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana regarded the assault charges against him when he was a youth as ''not serious''.

This raised questions about his understanding of the authority's protective role, especially regarding gender-based violence, a planned submission to the Cassim Inquiry into his fitness to hold office read.

The submissions were to have been made by the minister of justice and correctional services on behalf of the presidency after the inquiry was scheduled to start on Monday, but it was called off at the last minute.

This was after the presidency called inquiry chair advocate Nazeer Cassim and told him it should not go ahead. The presidency has since said that they are "engaging" with Nxasana. No more information was given.

The submission noted that he had had three charges against him when he was a youth: A first charge of assault he said he could not remember, a murder charge where he was found not guilty on the grounds of self-defence (but he did not tell the president about it), and a conviction for assaulting his girlfriend.

He also had some complaints against him pending with the Law Society of KwaZulu-Natal and in regards to one of the complaints, the file had gone missing. He said he had left it at the Law Society's offices when he became NDPP, the document read.

He also did not reveal an arrest in 2012 in which he also laid a counter complaint, it claims.

Another of the matters the commission was to have investigated was his talking to the media, which he defended as saying he ''wanted to put the matter into correct perspective''.

Nxasana, whose appointment was announced on August 30 2013, had signed the security clearance form affidavit on December 4 2013, but in April 2014 asked for a meeting with SSA official Simon Ntombela, who had worked on the affidavit.

They met in May 2014 and Nxasana allegedly told Ntombela about the murder charge, but said because he had been acquitted he was not going to write it down.

He also indicated that he planned to apply to have his criminal record expunged, in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, but he had not done so by August 2014.

In the submission, the minister said that the admissions had not prevented him from being admitted as an attorney, so asked ''why not tell the president''.

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