South Africa 6.4.2015 06:25 pm

Justice department at loss over missed deadline on Nxasana

FILE PICTURE: Head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: GCIS

FILE PICTURE: Head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: GCIS

The justice department said on Monday it could not explain why Minister Michael Masutha needed more time to file a submission to the inquiry into National Director of Public Prosecution’s Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness to hold office.

The deadline of March 27 was extended to April 20, according to the Democratic Alliance.

DA justice spokeswoman Glynnis Breytenbach said: “The DA is in possession of a ruling by Adv Nazeer Cassim SC confirming that the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mike Masutha, has failed to make submissions to the Nxasana Inquiry after being mandated to do so.”
Spokeman Mthunzi Mhaga said he would seek to comment at a later point.
President Jacob Zuma established the commission in February. This followed several months after the presidendy revealed that Nxasana had failed to obtain security clushes as a result of past brushes with the law, including his acquittal in 1985 for murder on grounds of self-defence.
Zuma appointed Cassim as chairman and advocates Lindi Nkosi-Thomas and Sthembiso Mdladla as additional members. The commission met on February 6 to set a timetable.

 

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