Only Zuma can stop NPA debacle

The Justice Minister awaits a decision from the Presidency on how to deal with NPA tensions.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana.

JOHANNESBURG - Justice Minister Michael Masutha moved to stabilise relations in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) as he awaits a decision from the Presidency on how to deal with the ongoing tensions in the institution.

The minister met with the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, and senior staff at the NPA headquarters in Pretoria.

Reports emerged of ongoing infighting and a power struggle involving key NPA staff, including its head and deputy.

Masutha said the presidency would initiate the appropriate court of action which may include a commission of inquiry.

But until President Jacob Zuma makes a decision, he urged NPA staff not to participate in the ongoing turf war.

"Desist from indulging in any activity that seeks to interfere in the process in the Presidency."

He added that officials should not use the media as a platform to fight their battles.


It appears there will be no easy solution to the problems facing the NPA.

The only person who can stop the power struggle is Zuma himself.

While Nxasna said he would fight any attempt to oust him, it is reported his deputy, advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, is refusing to give him the Richard Mdluli case file.

At the same time, it's claimed the man who withdrew charges against Mdluli, Lawrence Mrgwebi, is going to be arrested for protecting a friend facing fraud charges.

But Zuma previously left the body without a head for 10 months.

This means it could be some time before he decides to act and clear up the situation.