Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana reportedly wants his job back as the country’s chief prosecutor, reports Business Day.
The paper reports that Nxasana, who resigned from his job last year after receiving R17.3 million as a golden handshake from the Presidency as a condition to withdraw his court application to interdict President Jacob Zuma from suspending him, is also apparently more than prepared to pay back a portion of the largesse to head the public prosecutions body again.
According to the paper, the former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) was “hounded out” by Zuma’s allies allegedly because they suspected he would reinstate the 783 fraud and corruption charges against him.
Anti-graft organisations Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law have challenged the controversial golden handshake Nxasana received and are pursuing a legal battle to get the agreement declared null and void.
Nxasana has indicated that he would not be opposing the application, which is expected to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court early in 2017.
Should the two NGOs succeed in their legal bid, he could soon be eligible to go back to his old job and replace current NDPP Shaun Abrahams.
“I would like to go back to my old job as the head of the NPA. I believe that I am fit, and I can do the work to the best of my ability. When I was removed, it was clear that I was not removed because I could not do my job without fear or favour. In fact, I was pressured to go specifically because I was not malleable. I was threatened with a commission of inquiry into my fitness to hold office.
“I am not going to oppose the application by Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law simply because I believe that the commission by the president into my fitness to hold office would have cleared me,” Nxasana said.
He has also said when he was NDPP he wasn’t influenced by external pressure.
“All my decisions have not been successfully challenged in court because I had taken them without fear or favour, which was part of my mandate as the NDPP” he said.