Nxasana’s resignation ‘not surprising’

The Presidency at the weekend announced that the NPA head had resigned.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Reaction continues to pour in to news that National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana has resigned, with Freedom Under Law Head Johann Kriegler saying the decision is not surprising.

The Presidency confirmed on Sunday that Nxasana was stepping down after President Jacob Zuma earlier this year cancelled a planned inquiry into his fitness for office.

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.

Kriegler said it's clear the inquiry that was originally instituted against Nxasana was going to be found in his favour.

While former prosecutor and now Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament Glynnis Breytenbach, said Nxasana was clearly feeling the strain.

Zuma has now appointed Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions Mashau Silas Ramaite as acting NDPP, as the search starts for a permanent head for the third time since Zuma became president.