Presidency mum on Nxasana suspension claims

Mac Maharaj confirmed an inquiry will be held but can’t confirm if Mxolisis Nxasana was suspended.

al Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the presidency said it can't yet confirm if National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana has been suspended, Eyewitness News understands he hasn't yet been given a letter of suspension.

President Jacob Zuma announced this afternoon that he will set up an inquiry into whether Nxasana is fit to hold his post.

It's been claimed the NPA head didn't fully disclose his criminal record before he became the National Director of Public Prosecutions.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj confirmed an inquiry will now be held but can't confirm if Nxasana has been suspended.

The NPA yesterday denied reports that Nxasana was ordered by Zuma to resign or face being fired.

Zuma's decision comes after the NPA head decided to reinstate criminal charges against former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

The NPA is also facing legal action over whether it made the right decision when it withdrew criminal charges against the president.