6 July 2014

South Africa: President Zuma Institutes Enquiry Into NDPP

President Jacob Zuma has instituted an enquiry into the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana.

"President Jacob Zuma has, in terms of Section 12(6)(a)(iv) of the National Prosecuting Authority Act 32 of 1998 and after careful consideration of all the matters before him, decided to institute an enquiry into the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Mxolisi Nxasana," the Presidency said in a statement on Saturday.

Nxasana, who was appointed in October 2013 by the President, has come under the spotlight after it emerged he did not have the required security clearance for the post. He was acquitted on murder charges when he was 18 years old.

In June, reports claimed that former Justice Minister Jeff Radebe instructed Nxasana, who is from the KwaZulu-Natal division of the High Court, to resign just a few days before President Zuma announced his new Cabinet because of this.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Michael Masutha, told a media briefing last month that he had referred the matter to the Office of the President.

At the time, he said he had met with the leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and called on them to await the decision of the President with regard to the matter relating to Nxasana.

"The details regarding the establishment of the enquiry will be communicated to the public in due course," said the Presidency.

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