It has been 11 days since President Jacob Zuma announced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mr Mxolisi Nxasana. Yet today South Africa is no closer to understanding the nature of this investigation.
Given weekend reports, which allege that the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) was involved in raids, allegedly instructed by Mr Nxasana, to acquire the Spy Tapes, one would think it would be a priority for President Zuma to establish and publish the terms of reference.
The inquiry should investigate why Deputy NDPP, A Nomgcobo Jiba, and head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, A Lawrence Mrwebi, are still on duty. A Jiba and A Mrwebi were both discredited by the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) for their handling of the Mdluli case. A Jiba was the acting NDPP at the time.
President Zuma needs to act fast to uphold the rule of law and the integrity of the NPA. We must protect this key criminal justice institution at all costs.
Mmusi Maimane, Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Source : Democratic Alliance