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#StateCaptureInquiry: Zuma wanted to appoint me NPA boss – Ramatlhodi Former Advisor

Former President Jacob Zuma wanted to appoint former former advisor to Ngoako Ramatlhodi, former Minister of Mineral Resources, as an uneasy head of the National Prosecutor's Office (NPA), a State Commission of Inquiry, which was heard on Wednesday.

Former Advisor Mahlodi Muofhe, now head of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU). He told the investigating chairman, deputy chairman Raymond Zondo, that he received a letter on September 30, 2014, which was then followed by the police minister, Nathi Nhleko's reference group.

He added that it was a secret that Nhleko wanted him to be part of a group because he did not know him.

"I'm not sure who informed me of the decision to invite me," he said. He said the following year, Nhleko requested a meeting with her in Cape Town.

"I flew to Cape Town and met the former minister at Nhleko's Cape Town office," he said.

He said that Nhleko told him he was going to address the former president, Mr Zuma, because he wanted to appoint me as a troubled NPA director.

He said he finally met Zuma and Nhleko.

"The former president of the state opened a discussion about the true cause of the meeting. He wanted me to go and lead the NPA," Muofhe testified.

He said he was "shocked" with what Zuma had said to him.

He said that he asked Zuma why he wanted him to become a NPA leader and what he would do if he personally asked him.

He said that Zuma explained to him that Mxolisi Nxasana, former director of the state prosecutor's office, decided to charge Jiba "unnecessary" and that he was not satisfied with that.

Muofhe said that he told the former president that it would be better for him to appoint a person from inside and that Zuma "was very warm".

He also said that he told Zuma that he had never been a prosecutor, and it would be best to appoint a person with legal status to stabilize the NPA.

Nxasana received a Zuma gold handwritten value of R17.3m and left the NPA in 2015.

Prior to that, his awareness of his suitability for the post was suddenly halted without explanation. Zuma then nominated Shaun Abrahams to lead the NPA.

However, on 13 August, judge Mbuyiseli Madlanga acknowledged that Zuma's decision to stop Nxasana's position in the NDPP was a misuse of power and Abraham was this abusive beneficiary. The appointment of Abraham was declared incompatible with the constitution.

President Cilim Ramafoz was appointed new NPA Chief for 90 days from the day of the decision.

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