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DA welcomes NPA inquiry recommendation

2014-08-10 19:11

Johannesburg - The DA on Sunday welcomed reports that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has recommended inquiries be conducted into three senior officials' fitness to hold office.

"The DA urges President [Jacob] Zuma to apply his mind to these recommendations as a matter of urgency and not to dither as he has done with the announcement of the terms of reference into the inquiry of the National Director Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana," Democratic Alliance MP Glynnis Breytenbach said in a statement.

"It does appear, however, that Nxasana is making a concerted effort to clean up the rot that has set in the NPA."

She called on Zuma to hastily establish the boards of inquiry and announce the terms of reference without delay.

The NPA confirmed on Sunday that charges had been laid against former acting head Nomgcobo Jiba, director of public prosecutions for north Gauteng Sibongile Mzinyathi and head of the NPA's specialised commercial crimes unit Lawrence Mrwebi.

City Press newspaper reported that perjury charges followed court findings made about the NPA's leadership last year.

This was after rights group Freedom Under Law successfully applied to overturn the dropping of criminal charges against former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Mdluli is expected back in court on Monday reportedly on charges which included kidnapping, assault and intimidation.

According to the newspaper Nxasana has written to Zuma asking him to suspend Jiba, Mrwebi and Mzinyathi, pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

Nxasana himself could be facing suspension, pending an inquiry. This was after reports emerged that he had apparently not been given a security clearance for the job as NPA boss because of past brushes with the law.

Earlier this week, the presidency said Zuma had notified Nxasana that he was considering suspending him with full pay.

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