We have all become so accustomed to fights around control of our justice system, the intelligence services and the police, that sometimes big announcements pass almost without notice.
On Saturday afternoon, the Presidency announced that it would continue with the inquiry into the fitness for office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, six months after the first announcement was made.
No matter what happens from here on in, it seems impossible to believe that the National Prosecuting Authority is not going to be even weaker, at the end of this process, than it is now. If that is indeed possible.
It was on Saturday 5 July last year that President Jacob Zuma first announced he was going to launch this inquiry. At the time, there was a certain context. It had emerged that Nxasana had not properly disclosed his legal history when a routine security background check was conducted.
In particular, he’d forgotten that once upon a time, as a young man, he’d been accused of murder. (He had been acquitted, after citing self-defence.) There were other claims too, but the upshot was that it was incredibly clear that Zuma, and the people around …
Source : Daily Maverick