Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday denied reports in The New Age that its head Mxolisi Nxasana was ordered by President Jacob Zuma to resign or face being fired.
“The story is a pure fabrication by information peddlers with a very active imagination,” NPA spokesman Nathi Ncube told a Sapa reporter via sms.
Sources close to the NPA and the presidency reportedly told the newspaper Zuma met Nxasana recently to discuss Nxasana's future.
It was at that meeting that Zuma reportedly asked Nxasana to resign or face being fired.
Nxasana then reportedly pleaded with Zuma to reconsider his position.
Nxasana told the paper the meeting did not take place.
“It never happened. He never asked me to resign. That I can assure you. We are communicating with the president. He is still applying his mind. I am sure once he has applied his mind it will be communicated to the media and the public,” Nxasana was quoted as saying.
Presidency spokesman Mac Maharaj reportedly also told the paper there was no such meeting.
Sapa called Maharaj to confirm what he had told the paper. He was not immediately available to comment. - Sapa