1 June 2014

South Africa: Analysis - NPA Head and Zuma, Part Five


Over the course of the last few days it's emerged that there are serious claims as to the probity and past behaviour of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana. The Sunday Times, under the typically understated headline "Fire Him!" reported he'd been accused of murder and acquitted on the grounds of self-defence, convicted twice for assault as well as having been accused of reckless and negligent driving.

It also detailed how the police reservist who'd arrested him after he refused to obey police officers could not find out what happened to the case, which had clearly disappeared. Oh, and he acted for one of the accused in the "Amigos" case, which involves serious corruption charges against ANC MECs in Durban. These revelations, along with claims that he did not pass an intelligence clearance, shine a light once more on the relationship President Jacob Zuma has with our Constitution, and his powers under it.

When the History of the Zuma Years is written - and there will be a market for such a publication - about half of it is going to centre on his relationship with the Constitution. It's such an interesting philosophical question. Does...

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