Breytenbach:Timing of Nxasana inquiry suspect

The presidency has instituted an inquiry into whether Mxolisi Nxasana is fit to hold his post.

Former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says the timing of President Jacob Zuma's decision to hold an inquiry into whether National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana is fit to run the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)is extremely suspect.

The presidency's Mac Maharaj confirmed yesterday that Zuma has instituted the inquiry but didn't confirm who will chair the hearing.

"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."

It's claimed Nxasana didn't fully disclose his criminal record before he became the NDPP.

Breytenbach says she had heard rumours that Nxasana was reconsidering the NPA's decision to withdraw criminal charges against Zuma and this new announcement hasn't been handled properly.

"It's been handled in the same shoddy fashion as his appointment was handled. Clearly the appointment procedure wasn't properly followed and background checks couldn't possibly have been done which is astonishing."

It's not known at this point how long this inquiry could take.