Presidency allegedly in deal with NPA boss to vacate position

Nazeer Cassim announced that he was instructed by the presidency to cease the inquiry into Mxolisi Nxasana.

FILE: National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana.

JOHANNESBURG - It's understood the presidency has struck a deal with National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana to vacate his position but this has not been confirmed by the president's office.

This morning, advocate Nazeer Cassim announced that he was instructed by the presidency to cease the inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office.

President Jacob Zuma commissioned the enquiry in February after it emerged last year that Nxasana had allegedly failed to disclose that he'd had previous brushes with the law.

Cassim officially opened the session; to only minutes later officially close it.

He says he received a call late last night from the presidency simply instructing him to cease with the inquiry.

Cassim was unable to provide any more details except to say that this terminates his and his deputy chairperson' mandate.

Nxasana was not present at the hearing's to hear this development, however his legal team said they are not in a position to comment at this stage.

Nxasana's attorney Busani Mabunda said President Jacob Zuma's office should first explain why the inquiry was stopped.

Zuma announced in February he'd established the inquiry after it emerged last year that Nxasana had allegedly failed to disclose that he had had previous brushes with the law, including an acquittal for murder in the mid-1980s.

Inquiry chair Cassim was supposed to have been assisted by advocates Lindi Nkosi-Thomas and Sthembiso Mdladla.

The purpose of the inquiry was to establish whether Nxasana is fit to hold office.