Motive for Nxasana inquiry questioned

FUL says decisions taken by the NDPP may be the reason an inquiry has been instituted.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Freedom Under Law (FUL) chair Johann Kriegler says he believes decisions taken by National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana on Richard Mdluli and Glynnis Breytenbach may be the reason President Jacob Zuma has instituted an inquiry into his alleged conduct.

The president unveiled plans to establish the inquiry on Saturday following claims that Nxasana was denied a high-level security clearance because of previous brushes with the law.

These include being tried for murder in the 1980s, though he was later acquitted on the grounds of self-defence, and accusations of nepotism and serious traffic offences.

But there's still no clarity on whether Nxasana has actually been suspended.

Kriegler says Nxasana decided not to pursue disciplinary charges against Breytenbach, but did decide to reinstate criminal charges against Mdluli.

"The fact that he has taken those decisions may well be highly relevant in this decision now to try and get rid of him."

Kriegler says Nxasana has been undermined by other people in the organisation.

He says while the elephant in the room at the Natipnal Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is the Mdluli case, there are other problems at the organisation

"People are backbiting, manoeuvring and plotting at the NDPP's office. Mr Nxasana hasn't been given a fair opportunity to prove his competence."

It's been claimed Zuma is protecting Mdluli after NPA officials had previously withdrawn charges against him.

The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in FUL's favour that the decision was illegal and invalid.

Mdluli was arrested in connection with the 1999 murder of Vosloorus man Oupa Ramogibe.

The controversial cop also allegedly employed family and friends as Crime Intelligence operatives.