DA calls for inquiry into NPA boss

The DA wants an investigation to be carried out by Parliament’s justice committee.

NDPP Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it will call for a parliamentary investigation into National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana.

DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane says the probe should be carried out by Parliament's justice committee and should establish whether or not Nxasana is fit for office.

Appointed by President Jacob Zuma last year, Nxasana is at the centre of allegations t hat he insists are part of a campaign to discredit him.

Former top prosecutor, now a DA Member of Parliament, Glynnis Breytenbach, says National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) staff believe their boss is being targeted for reinstating criminal charges against former Police Crime Intelligence chief Richard Mdluli.

"I do think it's about Mdluli, amongst other things."

Maimane says Parliament's justice committee must establish the truth about Nxasana.

"Such crucial state institutions run the risk of being hijacked for political purposes."

But Nxasana is refusing to step down.

He has named top colleagues, seen to be loyal to the president, as those behind a campaign to oust him.