NPA debacle could drag on

The Justice Ministry says there's still no word whether Zuma will take action against Mxolisi Nxasana.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana is at the centre of the power struggle within the NPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The justice ministry said there's still no movement from the Presidency on whether President Jacob Zuma will take action against National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxosili Nxasana.

Over the weekend it emerged he hadn't declared his full criminal record, while it was claimed the authority's commercial crime unit head advocate, Lawrence Mrwebi, would be arrested next week for obstructing justice.

The ministry has to wait for Zuma to make a decision as the Constitution says he's the only person who can suspend an NPA head, while a commission will only then be allowed to investigate whether that person is fit for office.

But with no announcement from Zuma, it seems the crisis within the prosecuting body could drag on.

Former Constitution Court Judge Johann Kriegler said there's no way the NPA can be seen as competent and credible while this power struggle drags on.

Corruption Watch head David Lewis said this is a leadership fiasco that needs to be explained.

But the president previously left the position of head of the NPA open for ten months meaning he may not act quickly.