‘Dark clouds hanging over NPA threaten SA Constitution’

The Helen Suzman Foundation is concerned over the state of the NPA, its head & his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba.

FILE. The Helen Suzman Foundation is concerned over the state of the NPA, its head & his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Helen Suzman Foundation says the country's Constitution is under threat with dark clouds hanging over both National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana and his deputy Nomgcobo Jiba.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to President Jacob Zuma, asking him to extend the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office to include Jiba.

The foundation's director, Francis Antonie, says they are extremely concerned about the state of the Hawks, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the NPA, with various debacles surrounding these offices, threatening the existence of the Constitution.

"If the larger South Africa doesn't take care, these organisations will collapse."

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Glynnis Breytenbach, who once worked under the deputy NPA boss, says Jiba is protecting senior political leaders like President Jacob Zuma.

"Nxasana has asked for her to be suspended on several occasions, this has not been done. This can only indicate that she's enjoying protection from the president."

The Helen Suzman Foundation yesterday received a letter acknowledging its submission made to the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office.