NPA boss returns to work

The NPA head is expected back at work this morning despite an inquiry into his fitness for office.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana is remaining quiet about the inquiry into his fitness for office, it's understood he will be back at work this morning.

President Jacob Zuma has decided to set up an inquiry into Nxasana, six months after making the first announcement about the procedure.

The fact that Nxasana is due in his office this morning could mean that he hasn't yet been suspended, and may be an indication that he'll still function as head of the NPA while this process is underway.

The Presidency says it will announce who will chair the inquiry as soon as possible. That person could be key to the final decision about whether Nxasana is removed from his post.

The president appointed Nxasana 18 months ago after the Constitutional Court struck down his appointment of Menzi Simelane as head of the NPA.

Nxasana has faced pressure to step down after it was revealed he failed to disclose he faced a murder case in 1985. He was acquitted after it was found he acted in self-defence. It's also alleged Nxasana didn't reveal a law society fine and a traffic offence he received several years ago.