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Presidency mum on Nxasana suspension

Jacob Zuma needs to decide if there’ll be separate inquiries into Nxasana, Jiba and Mrwebi.

FILE. Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - There's still no clarity from the Presidency on whether President Jacob Zuma will suspend National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana or if he will institute inquiries into two of the organisation's senior officials while withdrawing charges against former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

On Monday, the NPA confirmed it lodged complaints with the police after the Supreme Court of Appeal said it could not believe the versions of events given by NPA deputy head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba and its commercial crimes unit head advocate Lawrence Mrwebi.

Both face criminal charges for lying under oath.

The president has already announced an inquiry into Nxasana, but hasn't said who will chair it.

Zuma now needs to decide if there'll be separate inquiries into Nxasana, Jiba and Mrwebi.

He also needs to decide who will run the NPA if Nxasana is suspended, as it may be difficult to allow Jiba to take the reins while she faces a criminal charge.

At the same time, the NPA has also instituted its own inquiry, having asked former Constitutional Court Judge Zak Yacoob to investigate whether there are different factions within the organisation.

Meanwhile, there have also been suggestions that the NPA hold a wholesale clear out to the end the political infighting within it once and for all.