President Jacob Zuma on Monday ceased the inquiry into the fitness of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana to hold such office.
“The President is currently engaging with Mr Nxasana with a view to taking decisions which are in the best interest of the National Prosecuting Authority, Mr Nxasana and the country at large,” presidential spokesperson Harold Maloka said.
The Presidency will communicate the outcome of such deliberations once they have been finalized, mindful of the need for certainty and confidence in the NPA, Maloka said.
Nxasana was appointed to the position in October 2013. However, his fitness to hold office came under the spotlight after it emerged he did not have the required security clearance for the post, and revelations of a 1985 murder case and a reckless driving charge. He was acquitted on murder charges.
In July 2014, Zuma informed Nxasana of his decision to institute an inquiry in terms of the National Prosecutions Authority Act in order to determine his fitness to continue to hold such office.
In February this year, Zuma appointed Advocate Nazeer Cassim as the chairperson of the inquiry.
There have been claims that Nxasana’s attempts to reinstate charges of murder, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice against disgraced Crime Intelligence Head, Richard Mdluli, have put his job on the line.
The opposition alleges that Mdluli is a close ally of Zuma and was deployed to crime intelligence to protect the president from accountability.
Zuma’s Monday decision drew concern from the Democratic Alliance (DA) which said the termination of the inquiry paves the way for Zuma to push Nxasana out of office by offering him a payoff, thus allowing Zuma to install a National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) of his choosing.
“This has increasingly become the ANC’s (African National Congress’) way of ridding themselves of those who try to carry out their duties without fear or favor,” said Glynnis Breytenbach, DA Shadow Minister of Justice. Enditem