Increased pressure on NPA boss

Jacob Zuma must decide whether the NDPP will face an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma must now decide whether National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana will face an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

Reports last week said Justice Minister Michael Masutha wanted to meet the president to discuss the matter.

However, pressure is now mounting in the wake of weekend reports indicating infighting and new accusations against Nxasana.

The controversy surrounding the security clearance of Nxasana deepened with allegations that he may be linked to a second killing.

The prosecutions boss made headlines after he was refused clearance because of previous brushes with the law including being tried for murder in the 1980s.

He was acquitted on the murder charge and felt he didn't need to disclose this when taking on his new position.

According to the Sunday Times, another assault case linked to Nxasana may have been murder.

However, the newspaper claimed the NPA's integrity management unit head, Prince Mokotedi, claims he was blocked from investigating the matter.

Nxasana vowed to defend his position in court if necessary.

He accused his colleagues of being behind a plot to have him fired.

Last week, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said it would call for a Parliamentary investigation into the NPA head.

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