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Breytenbach throws weight behind NPA prosecutions

The DA's Glynnis Breytenbach says she admires Mxolisi Nxasana for his efforts to clean up the NPA.

FILE: She says it’s about time the NPA does something about what she calls the “rot that has set in”.

JOHANNESBURG - Former senior state prosecutor and now Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Justice, Glynnis Breytenbach says she fully supports the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s move to charge three senior officials with perjury.

She says it's about time the NPA does something about what she calls the "rot that has set in".

The NPA has confirmed that the three are former acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba, Director of Public Prosecutions for North Gauteng Sibongile Mzinyathi and head of the NPA's Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit Lawrence Mrwebi.

Reports say the new National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana asked President Jacob Zuma to suspend the three pending an inquiry into their fitness to hold office.

Breytenbach says she admires Nxasana for his efforts to clean up the NPA and believes the prosecution of the senior officials is a clean-up process within the NPA as the country cannot afford the NPA to fall.

"Nxasana is obviously trying to clean up the NPA so that he can get on with the business of the NPA which is prosecuting without fear, favour or prejudice and it's a bit of a pity that the powers that be are not admiring his efforts and are trying to suspend him."

Nxasana himself could be facing suspension pending an inquiry. This pertains to a number of questions over his past.

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