President Jacob Zuma meets National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana over fitness to hold office

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - AUGUST 15, 2014

President Jacob Zuma, on Friday, met with the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana. The meeting was, according to the Presidency, was held to discuss various matters around the President’s intention to hold an enquiry into the NDPP’s fitness to hold office.

The Presidency said President Zuma had taken note of the issues raised by the NDPP and that an announcement will be made when all the processes have been completed.

Earlier this month the President wrote to Nxasana informing him that the details of the inquiry into his fitness to hold office were being finalised and they will be communicated to him in due course.

He had also written that he was considering suspending him with full pay, pending the inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

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 in June 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.

CAPTION: President Jacob Zuma speaking in Parliament. Image sourced from flickr.com