Zuma considering Nxasana suspension

The Presidency says details of the inquiry are being finalised and will be communicated.

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

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Friday notified National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana of his intention to suspend him, pending the outcome of an inquiry into his fitness to hold office.

The Presidency released a statement a short while ago in which it said the president was considering the possibility of suspending him with full pay.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says details of the inquiry are being finalised and will be communicated to Nxasana in due course.

It also says the terms of reference of the hearing are also being finalised.

Nxasana is expected to provide reasons opposing his pending suspension next week.

It's understood he is attending a funeral.

The fact finding commission will investigate the alleged existence of so-called 'Zuma and Zille camps'.

A judge will lead this inquiry and all those involved will be required to take part.

Zuma announced plans to institute the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness for office last month.

It's been claimed the NPA head didn't fully disclose his criminal record before he was appointed.

At the same time, new allegations emerged on Thursday about power struggles within the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

The claims range from failed racial transformation and political factions to the disappearance of a rhino horn.

Meanwhile, the NPA's Integrity Management Unit's Prince Mokotedi was suspended six weeks ago in connection with a leaked report.

But he now looks set to leave before a disciplinary hearing can be held.

Mokotedi described a deep political "fault line" that he says cuts across the NPA.

He described himself as a soldier who has been forgotten behind enemy lines.

The prosecuting body is yet to respond to the latest allegations.