‘Nxasana knew to disclose previous convictions’

Justice Ministry says the NPA boss knew it was mandatory to disclose his previous convictions to Jacob Zuma.

National Prosecuting Authority head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - The Justice Ministry has argued that National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana's non-disclosure of previous criminal convictions is a greater indictment on his integrity than the convictions themselves.

This is among the submissions to the Commission of Inquiry that President Jacob Zuma has instructed must not take place.

Advocate Nazeer Cassim announced yesterday that the Presidency instructed him to cease the inquiry, just hours before it was scheduled to start.

Zuma commissioned the inquiry in February after it emerged last year that Nxasana had allegedly failed to disclose that he had previous brushes with the law.

The ministry, in its submission to the Cassim inquiry, says Nxasana should have disclosed his previous convictions to the president when he was applying for the job as NPA head.

The ministry says while the convictions did not disqualify him from being admitted as an attorney, he knew it was necessary to disclose them.

The ministry questions why then did Nxasana not think it was necessary to disclose this to Zuma when applying for the post in one of the highest offices in the country.

Nxasana's attorney declined to comment yesterday, and referred queries to the Presidency, which says is still in talks with him.