Nxasana security clearance debacle continues

The justice minister has reportedly requested a meeting with the president to discuss Mxolisi Nxasana.

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The controversy surrounding National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana's security clearance could be escalated to President Jacob Zuma's office.

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has reportedly requested a meeting with Zuma to discuss the Nxasana after it emerged he was refused security clearance because of past run-ins with the law.

Nxasana was appointed in 2013 to lead the NPA, but he has been denied a security clearance because of past brushes with the law including being tried for murder about 30 years ago.

He was acquitted of the charge.

Nxasana was informed about the decision on his security clearance last week, long after the state security agency started its vetting process.

On Friday, it was reported that former Justice Minister Jeff Radebe asked Nxasana to step down because he was denied security clearance.

It is claimed Radebe made this instruction just four days before Zuma announced his Cabinet.