There appears to be conflict of information regarding the happenings at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as it has emerged following the report in the New Age this week. The New Age reported that there had been a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and the currently embattled head of the NPA, Mxolisi Nxasana, at which the President had advised him to resign from his position or face expulsion. Nxasana is said to have pleaded with Zuma to reconsider his position but apparently the President did not budge. This information, according to the report, was gleaned from ‘sources close to the NPA’.
NPA boss Nxasana denied the contents of this report. He stated categorically that he did not know of any meeting between him and the President regarding his future at the NPA as the paper had put it. While admitting that he was in communication with the President, he added that Zuma was still in the process of ‘applying his mind’ to the issue of whether he, Nxasana, should stay on as head of the country’s chief prosecuting body. He assured the media persons that he was sure that when the president had considered the matter, he would advise the media accordingly. This was reiterated by the spokesperson for NPA, Nathi Ncube, who called the story a pure fabrication by information peddlers with very active imaginations.
Next to deny the contents of this report was the President’s Office. The President’s spokesperson, Mac Maharaj denied the contents of this report saying that the president had not met with Mr. Nxasana and had not, at any time, asked the NPA boss to resign.
The whole furore emanated from the fact that Mxolisi Nxasana failed to divulge the fact that he had been acquitted of murder when he was much younger. This meant that when the information surfaced, he could not obtain the security clearance that was mandatory for him to be appointed. Nxasana, on the other hand argues that he had not volunteered the information because he felt that it was not relevant as he had been cleared of the charges.
On Saturday the presidency released a statement stating that President Zuma had decided to institute an inquiry into 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 statement said, adding that further information regarding this inquiry “will be communicated to the public in due course.”