Nxasana: I'm fit for NPA office

PRETORIA - Newly appointed NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana said reports describing him as a potential threat to national security are deeply unfair.

A media report has revealed that Nxasana has still not received a security clearance. It questions whether he could be trusted to handle the country&39;s secrets.

Mxolisi Nxasana said he would never have agreed to lead South Africa&39;s prosecution service if he knew he was unfit to do so. He&39;s headed up the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society and said, for the record, there were no pending criminal cases against him, nor were there any complaints related to his work as an attorney.

The Justice Department admitted that Nxasana&39;s security clearance was still being processed, but maintained there was no constitutional or legislative requirement that a national director of public prosecutions must have undergone security clearance before he starts work.

"As I&39;ve indicated earlier on, administrative processes that include security clearances are underway and within a reasonable period of time that process will be completed and it will not hinder him discharging his duties," said NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga.

Neither the State Security Agency or NPA has taken responsibility for the delay in Nxasana&39;s clearance being processed, nor is it clear whether this delay - which has forced Nxasana to defend his credibility within weeks of starting his job - could have been avoided.