DA questions NPA head’s suspension

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's notice to NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana that he is considering suspending him raises questions because the terms of reference into the enquiry of his appointment has not been made public, the DA said on Saturday.

“The DA therefore calls on President Zuma to urgently clarify the full terms of reference of the enquiry and to stop dragging his feet,” Democratic Alliance Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said in a statement.

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010913: Mr Mxolisi Sandile Oliver Nxasana has been appointed as the National Director of Public Prosecutions with effect from 1 October 2013. Mr Nxasana currently practices as an attorney with a wealth of experience in criminal litigation, coupled with his having occupied senior positions in the legal profession including the Chairpersonship of the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society.

“We must not allow for the NPA 1/8National Prosecuting Authority 3/8 to be undermined any further by the president’s delays, nor can we stand by while the NDPP 1/8national director of public prosecutions 3/8 is removed, unless there is shown to be good reason to do so.”

Zuma announced his decision to institute the inquiry on July 5

after reports emerged that Nxasana had apparently not been given a security clearance because of past brushes with the law.

These included being tried for murder about 30 years ago. He was acquitted on the charge based on his version of self-defence.

On Friday, Zuma has notified Nxasana that he is considering suspending him, the presidency said.

“The president is considering suspending him with full pay... pending (an) inquiry,” presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement at the time.

“Details of the inquiry into his fitness to hold office are being finalised and they will be communicated to him in due course.”

Maharaj said Nxasana, the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP), would be given an opportunity to make written representation.


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