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DA wants Nxasana probe broadened

The party called for a probe into Nomgcobo Jiba & Commercial Crimes Unit head Lawrence Mgwebi.

The DA said the Supreme Court of Appeal condemned the conduct of both Nomgcoba Jiba and Lawrence Mgwebi. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday called on President Jacob Zuma to extend the inquiry into National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana.

The official opposition also called for an investigation into whether two of his deputies are fit to hold office.

The Presidency on Saturday announced it would set up an inquiry to determine whether Nxasana was fit to hold office amid claims he didn't fully disclose his criminal record before being appointed.

The DA said the Supreme Court of Appeal strongly condemned the conduct of both NPA deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba and Commercial Crimes Unit head Lawrence Mgwebi.

This after they decided to withdraw criminal charges against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

The DA's Mmusi Maimane argued that the president had too much power in appointing NPA officials.

"If it's about the possible prosecution of Zuma then it shouldn't be up to him to allow his supporters to be there [in the NPA]."

Maimane said it was vital the hearing be held in public so everyone could see what was happing in the NPA.