Justice Minister vows to resolve NPA saga

Michael Masutha says addressing the controversies surrounding the NDPP is his first priority.

FILE: Michael Masutha says addressing the controversies surrounding the NDPP is his first priority. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Justice Minister Michael Masutha says his first priority is to resolve the fate of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana.

He's called for an end to infighting at the NPA during his first briefing to Parliament's Justice Portfolio Committee yesterday.

Masutha says addressing the controversies surrounding the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is his first priority as he tackles a broad range of issues involving management of the prosecution body.

Masutha says the decisions on whether to retain Nxasana lies with President Jacob Zuma, who appointed him last year.

It emerged last month that Nxasana failed to get a security clearance following previous brushes with the law, including being tried for murder, a charge he was later acquitted of.

Suspended head of the NPA's Integrity Management Unit (IMU) Prince Mokotedi says he believes that the organisation is suffering the effects of the disbanded crime fighting unit the Scorpions.

Mokotedi was suspended last week, for allegedly leaking a report he wrote about former senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Mokotedi's suspension came against the backdrop of a 'dirty war' within the organisation that has been troubled by infighting, which has also seen him on opposing sides to Nxasana.