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Nxasana to take action against senior NPA members

It appears the NPA boss is about to take strong action against advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi.

NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It now appears National Prosecution Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana is about to take strong action against two of his senior officials who have been involved in what looks like a power struggle within the organisation.

On Tuesday, the NPA said Nxasana was preparing to act against both his deputy, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba and Commercial Crimes Unit Head Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has strongly criticised both Jiba and Mrwebi for their role in the decision to withdraw charges against former police Crime Intelligence Unit head Richard Mdluli.

The NPA said Nxasana was preparing to take action in light of the SCA's criticism of Jiba in the Zuma spy tapes ruling last week and against Mrwebi for criticising a decision to reinstate charges against Mdluli.

Nxasana has already asked police to investigate whether the two are guilty of a criminal act, for their conduct in the Mdluli case.

This appears to indicate he is beginning to gain advantage in what looks like a power struggle within the organisation.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma said two weeks ago that he had met with Nxasana and has decided to postpone a possible decision to suspend him.

However, Zuma still has to announce whether the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness for office will continue and who with chair it.

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