Zuma institutes inquiry into Nxasana

Jacob Zuma has officially instituted an inquiry into the NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana.

National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has officially instituted an inquiry into the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) head Mxolisi Nxasana.

Nxasana was denied security clearance after he failed to reveal his entire criminal record, which included an acquittal for a murder he committed in the eighties.

This raises questions about his fitness to occupy the post.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) yesterday denied reports that Nxasana was ordered by Zuma to resign or face being fired.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said, "The president decided in terms of section 12 (6) of the NPA Act of 32 of 1998 to institute an inquiry into the NDPP head."

Meanwhile, it has also been claimed that the head of the NPA's Commercial Crimes Unit, Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, 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.