Cassim: My recommendations must be heeded

Nazeer Cassim will head up the inquiry into Mxolisi Nxasana's fitness to hold office.

FILE: Nazeer Cassim is an experienced senior advocate. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The advocate tasked with investigating whether the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is fit to hold office has cautioned it will be disturbing should his recommendations not be accepted.

The Presidency on Thursday night announced Nazeer Cassim will head the inquiry into Mxolisi Nxasana.

It was established after it emerged Nxasana had been refused security clearance for failing to disclose he'd been accused and then acquitted of murder.

Cassim, an experienced senior advocate, says he has chaired many inquiries during his career and generally his recommendations are accepted.

"If the person who appoints you doesn't accept your recommendation then generally speaking, there's a breakdown in the process. Because once you're appointed, the person who appoints you has to trust and rely on your judgment."

He says if his recommendations are ignored, then it will be a problem.