'Jeff Radebe asked NDPP to step down'

Mxolisi Nxasana was allegedly asked to step down after being denied security clearance.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Reports have emerged this morning alleging that former Justice Minister Jeff Radebe asked National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana to step down because he was denied security clearance for a murder he was tried for almost 30 years ago.

It's claimed Radebe made this instruction just four days before President Jacob Zuma announced his Cabinet.

Radebe apparently called Nxasana for a late-night meeting and instructed him to resign because he couldn't be given a security clearance.

This is because he stood trial in the 1980s for murder, but was acquitted with the court finding his version of self-defence to be truthful.

The prosecutions boss has refused to step down saying that if he was fired, he would challenge the decision in court.

It's understood that his brushes with the law were brought up in an attempt to remove him because of some unpopular decisions he has made.