ANC ‘blocks’ question on NPA

Mxolisi Nxasana and senior officials were briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice.

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Attempts to probe National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana about internal squabbles at the prosecuting body were shut down in Parliament on Thursday.

The NPA boss and senior NPA officials briefed Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice about budget matters.

Last month, it emerged Nxasana was denied a security clearance because of previous brushes with the law.

Several senior managers have also been embroiled in scandal.

Members of Parliament (MPs) tried to probe officials about internal squabbles but the ANC objected.

When the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Werner Horn asked the NPA what they would do to rectify the situation, committee chair Mathole Motshekga said the question was unfair.

He subsequently denied he was blocking the question.

"I allowed the question and decided the question was unfair. That was supported by other members."

Another MP described the situation at the NPA as an "elephant in the room".