Nxasana's response expected by Friday

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

NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana is expected to give President Jacob Zuma a full response opposing his looming suspension by Friday.

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

The presidency announced last Friday that Zuma had written to Nxasana informing him of his intention to place the NPA head on paid suspension.

At the same time, the NPA has appointed a fact finding commission headed by retired Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob to investigate political camps operating inside the organisation.

Both the prosecuting body and the presidency are reluctant to discuss the suspension process.

Nxasana allegedly gave reasons against Zuma's plan to suspend him but asked for more time and clarity on certain aspects.

The president is overseas this week attending a summit of African leaders being held in Washington.


The NPA says it has not yet received a resignation letter from Prince Mokotedi, the organisation's suspended Integrity Management Unit head.

He made sweeping allegations last week about his colleagues and claimed that political camps exist within the prosecuting body.

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

The organisation's Nathi Mncube says they are yet to hear from Mokotedi.

"We'll proceed with the disciplinary hearing, which should take place by the end of August. He'll be served with the papers no later than Friday."

Mokotedi said last week that his resignation would be delivered by Friday at the latest.