NPA: Nxasana not suspended

Johannesburg - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana has not been suspended, the NPA said on Friday.

"He is attending to a family bereavement today [Friday] and of course when he is not at the office he appoints a deputy to act in his stead, being Mr [Willie] Hofmeyr," spokesperson Nathi Mncube said.

"As of now he is not suspended, he is attending a funeral."

This follows a report in The New Age on Friday stating that Nxasana had been suspended.

The newspaper claimed a letter informing Nxasana to vacate his office by the end of business on Thursday was received from the presidency on Monday.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said the establishment of an inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office was at an advanced stage.

Last Friday, he said in statement, progress was being made regarding identifying the people who would constitute the inquiry at various levels, and also to conclude the terms of reference.

"An announcement will be made as soon as the processes have been completed."

President Jacob Zuma announced his decision to institute the inquiry on 5 July 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.

Jack "King" Tig 2014/08/01 09:13:33 AM
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/01 09:13:47 AM
Oh so he is just on paid leave then.
Peter Webb 2014/08/01 09:36:27 AM
I think matters are getting a bit too hot for zuma.
Janine Filmer 2014/08/01 09:44:45 AM
If the anc is denying it then you can be sure that it's true.
Mapholoba 2014/08/01 10:09:52 AM
Bye Mr Nxasana
Johannes Baloyi 2014/08/01 10:13:28 AM
If you have skeletons you qualify for the post, period! Ask number 1, he's got all skeletons.
mmmmTim 2014/08/01 10:39:20 AM
The spokesman should have been asked if the suspension letter exists, and a yes or no answer only is required
Teko Mohaeka 2014/08/01 12:00:39 PM
From being commissiner of police Bheki Cele to Minister.Dont worry Nxasana the President will wipe your crocodile tears
Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg 2014/08/01 12:03:55 PM
I'll tell you one thing, we better never face a national disaster of great proportions. We will all be dead before any of these people in office finally figure out what had happened. All they do is dilly dally around all day.
Tamie Alvin Stirman 2014/08/03 01:37:54 AM
Nxasana you are not going many inquiries in South Africa?