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NDPP scandal may head to Parliament

Mxolisi Nxasana was refused security clearance because of previous brushes with the law.

Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - There are calls for the future of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to be discussed in Parliament, following a security clearance debacle surrounding its head, Mxolisi Nxasana.

It emerged last week that Nxasana was refused a high-level security clearance because of previous brushes with the law, which include being tried for murder years ago.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says these revelations are yet another indication of how severely comprised and politicised the prosecutions body is.

Nxasana is reportedly determined to keep his job and has accused his colleagues of being behind a plot to have him fired.

Nxasana has also been accused of nepotism and serious traffic offences.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Glynnis Breytenbach says the NPA is deeply imbedded in party politics.

"Mxolisi Nxasana has shown a level of independence that doesn't suit the president."

Newly appointed Justice Minister Michael Masutha has apparently requested a meeting with President Jacob Zuma this week to discuss Nxasana's future.

The prosecutions boss was appointed to lead the NPA last year.