The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Advocate Michael Masutha has, this week, reiterated that the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Advocate Mxolisi Nxasana is still the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Addressing the media on 9 June 2014, Minister Masutha said his office has been in consultations with President Jacob Zuma and a decision has not yet been made on the appropriate course of action.
“You may be aware that in terms of the NPA Act, the President has the power to initiate an inquiry and, if needs be, even effect a suspension of the incumbent NDPP pending the outcome of such an inquiry,” the minister explained.
Minister Masutha highlighted that the matter is in the hands of the President and considering his ill-health recently, it is not likely to be finalised anytime soon. “Once the Presidency is ready to finalise the matter, due process will be followed and the nation will be informed as to what course of action the president has eventually decided upon,” he assured.
This arose from the widely publicised issue of the Advocate Nxasana with allegations that he failed a security clearance. It was then left to the Presidency to decide on the steps to be taken on the matter.
The minister indicated that he met with the top NPA leadership NPA, firstly to meet and greet them as well as addressing concerns that appear to have captured media attention. He further mentioned that he has been encouraged by the commitment expressed by officials to work together and have promised to desist from making statements that seek to undermine the work of the NPA.
“I believe that we will not find solution through a witch hunt. The spirit of cooperation will be communicated to all officials in the NPA by its leadership,” he expressed.
He took the opportunity to congratulate the NPA for having attained a clean audit. “Their performance is on the up-right and there are a whole lot of other areas of improvement that have been recorded, service delivery and the general functioning of the institution. We wanted to make sure that all that is not clouded by few negative reports that have emerged,” concluded Minister Masutha.
By Benson Ntlatleng
10 June 2014