'New NPA boss is a man of integrity'

The president appointed Shaun Abrahams as NDPP after Mxolisi Nxasana’s resignation three weeks ago.

FILE: The NPA's Shaun Abrahams (left) and General Zeeman, the investigating officer for the case against Henry Okah, outside the Johannesburg Magistrates court, on 4 October 2010. Picture: Gallo Images/Foto24/Felix Dlangamandla.

JOHANNESBURG - Former acting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head advocate Mokotedi Mpshe has said the institution's new boss, Shaun Abrahams, is a man of integrity.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Abrahams to the post on Thursday after former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana left three weeks ago.

None of the previous NPA heads have finished their full 10 year terms.

Mpshe said he knows Abrahams well.

"He's an independent young man who has integrity, that much I can vouch for."

He added that Abrahams will have to work hard to reconcile the different groups within the NPA.

"I think he will be able to pull them together because of his personality and because of his vast experience."

But the Democratic Alliance claims the new NDPP is close to Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba, who is currently facing criminal charges.

For the Presidency's full statement on the Abrahams appointment, _ click here_.