Police accuse NPA head of protecting Breytenbach

2015-03-29 10:57
Mxolisi Nxasana (File: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (File: City Press)

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Johannesburg - Police are now pointing fingers at the National Prosecuting Authority boss Mxolisi Nxasana accusing him of protecting DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach, just days after he accused them of protecting  deputy prosecutions boss Nomgcobo Jiba.

The Sunday Times reported that police commissioner Riah Phiyega’s spokesperson , Solomon Makgale, said on Saturday that a police investigation into Breytenbach was allegedly being block by Nxasana.

Makgale said police were investigating complaints of possible fraud against Breytenbach.

He said initially they were making good progress but have now hit a brick wall because the people with information within the NPA are refusing to talk to them.

Makgale  told the newspaper the NPA staffers say during an open management meeting they were told by advocate Nxasana that they should not co-operate with the investigation.

On Friday Nxasana said the intervention by Phiyega in the case against Jiba is worrying.

"I won't want to say that I believe that she is protected. I want to say a perception is created, and it's unavoidable, that she is being protected at all costs," Nxasana told journalists in Pretoria.

"Because of my position, I wouldn't venture into saying what she is doing is defeating the ends of justice. All I am saying is that I am concerned with her involvement in the matter. I asked her, and I am asking you, does she really do this in all other matters where ordinary suspects are involved?"

At the time Breytenbach said Nxasana should be commended for taking a stand against his deputy and the national police commissioner.

"Mxolisi Nxasana has conducted himself with distinction throughout this debacle," the DA MP said in a statement.

She praised Nxasana, who is national director of public prosecutions, for making it clear that Jiba enjoyed protection from a source much higher than Phiyega.

Nxasana said he received a call from Phiyega after senior police officers delivered a summons against Jiba. Since Jiba was not at her workplace, Nxasana was handed the summons, which he delivered to Jiba.

According to Sapa he said Jiba, the deputy NDPP, refused to accept the summons. It required her to appear on criminal charges in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on 21 April.

"When I received a call from the national police commissioner, to be honest I still don't know what was the reason for her call. She said the summons was not issued properly," Nxasana said.

"I'm still battling to understand what it is that she wanted from me. I am talking with confidence as jurist and as a person who received the summons."

On Wednesday, Phiyega's spokesperson Solomon Makgale denied they were looking for Jiba, and said no summons had been issued.

"It is worth mentioning that the issuing of the summons was not done in consultation with the [SA Police Service's] investigating officer," he said at the time.

The charges against Jiba relate to her failed bid to lay murder and racketeering charges against suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Major General Johan Booysen.

In February last year, KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Trevor Gorven set aside the charges, saying they did not meet even minimum standards.

Read more on:    police  |  npa  |  riah phiyega  |  nomgcobo jiba  |  mxolisi nxasana  |  glynnis breytenbach  |  johannesburg

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