AS IT HAPPENED: Nxasana 'remained steadfast' in the face of Zuma's remarks that he had to leave NPA, #StateCaptureInquiry hears

2019-08-19 16:00

The judicial commission of inquiry into state capture continues with additional testimony from former national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

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The merits of the issues raised - 2 convictions of assault, Nxasana's submission was that it was not a ground to render him unfit.

He says he was about 17 and18 years old.

Disclosed it to the law society and it wasn't something to render him unfit to be an attorney.


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The security clearance application doesn't ask if arrested or acquitted, says Nxasana, hence him not bringing it up.

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Zondo and Nxasana are discussing whether or not there was a meeting between Zuma and Nxasana at the time of the settlement proposal.

Other evidence suggests Nxasana met with Zuma, but Nxasana says he can't remember requesting a meeting with Zuma.


19 Aug 16:29

Zondo and Nxasana are discussing whether or not there was a meeting between Zuma and Nxasana at the time of the settlement proposal.

Other evidence suggests Nxasana met with Zuma, but Nxasana says he can't remember requesting a meeting with Zuma.


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Nxasana says Radebe's trump card was that he didn't have the security clearance. He says he was still applying for his security clearance and had not yet been told if it was declined (he eventually found out that it was not declined).


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The evidence now proceeds to the matter of Nxasana's settlement/payout - Nxasana says he said he would only leave if he was paid out for the remainder of his contract.


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"That inquiry won't find anything against me," Nxasana says he told Zuma. Nxasana says he told Zuma that the inquiry wouldn't find that he was "not fit and proper to continue holding office". 

Despite this, Nxasana says that Zuma still told him besides all that, they need to formalise a process for him to step aside, and they had to discuss how this would happen.

Nxasana says Zuma basically told him that he needs to leave.


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Pretorius now asks Nxasana to carefully read the contents of a letter from the president's legal adviser, dated December 10, 2014, before proceeding to question him on issues emanating from it.


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Zondo asks Nxasana whose idea the mediation process was. Nxasana says he would say that it was the president's (Zuma) legal advisers.


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Pretorius is still going through documents in evidence bundles, in detail, to establish the correct timelines and events before carrying on with Nxasana's evidence. Some pages in the different evidence bundles seem out of place, however.


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Proceedings resume after the lunch adjournment. Pretorius starts by informing Zondo that the legal team was not able to enhance the recording during the break, and it may require specialist work to improve the recording. 

Pretorius now continues leading Nxasana's evidence.


19 Aug 12:32

Proceedings now adjourn for a longer than usual lunch break, so that the commission's legal team and Nxasana can get their ducks in a row for the evidence which will follow, which Pretorius earlier insinuated would "heavily" implicate some people.

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Nxasana makes mention of his criminal conviction for common assault, which he says had been declared as was required, but it was being used against him.



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Nxasana says the gathering at Emperors Palace was a workshop on corruption organised by the NPA. Former justice minister Michael Masutha was also present and Nxasana approached him on the topic of taking disciplinary action against advocates Jiba, Mrwebi and Mzinyathi.


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Pretorius now asks Nxasana about the "NPA meeting" at Emperors Palace hotel/casino in March 2014 (it erroneously says 2015 in Nxasana's evidence - he now corrects it).


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Zondo again raises an issue with the quality of the recording, and stops it. 

Pretorius suggests that perhaps the team could look into digitally enhancing the recording, and Zondo says they could always come back to it later.

Pretorius now resumes leading Nxasana's evidence.


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