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Nxasana to be cleared by state security

Mxolisi Nxasana’s appointment as NPA boss sparked debates about his credibility to handle the job.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Department says the newly appointed National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana will be cleared by state security soon.

Questions have been raised about whether Nxasana can handle the country's top secrets, including the so-called spy tapes, considering he has not received security clearance.

But the department's Mthunzi Mhaga says Nxasana has access to all documents at this stage because he has undertaken an oath.

"The fact that this person has taken an oath of office administered by the Judge President gives them that right of access to those tapes and to any other document that relate to him discharging his duties. There is nothing that will hinder him from doing so."

Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli said the NPA's new boss Mxolisi Nxasana must restore the dignity of the organisation which has been impacted by political interference.

Pikoli was suspended from his job in 2007 and ultimately reached an out of court settlement with government.

Nxasana has pledged to rebuild public confidence in the NPA.