NPA denies Zuma asked Nxasana to resign

The ‘New Age’ reported that the president asked the prosecuting body head to step down.

The NPA joined government and Nxasana himself in denying the claim by the 'New Age' newspaper. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Claims that President Jacob Zuma met with National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana and asked him to resign are a pure fabrication, the prosecuting body said on Friday.

The _New Age _newspaper reported this morning that Nxasana had refused a request by the president to step down.

It was claimed Nxasana failed to get security clearance because he didn't fully reveal his entire criminal record, leading to concern around whether he was ever fit for his post.

But the NPA's Nathi Mncube said the newspaper's report was simply wrong.

"He has not been asked by the president to resign. He has not met with the president at any stage to discuss the pending issue.

"The article is just a pure fabrication of someone's imagination. The person who wrote it did not even contact myself or the national director to verify that information."

Mncube says they are awaiting a decision by the president before any steps are taken.

Meanwhile, it has also been claimed that the head of the NPA's Commercial Crimes Unit, Advocate Lawrence Mgwebi, could soon be arrested.

He had earlier taken a decision not to continue with the prosecution of former police Crime Intelligence Division head Richard Mdluli.