South Africa 21.10.2014 01:32 pm

Mxolisi Nxasana denies settlement offer

FILE PICTURE. Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: GCIS

FILE PICTURE. Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: GCIS

Embattled national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana on Tuesday told MPs there was no truth to media reports that he had been offered a R5 million golden handshake by President Jacob Zuma.

“It has been widely reported that an offer has been made, and equally widely reported in the media where I refuted that there has been an offer,” he told Parliament’s portfolio committee on justice.

Nxasana was responding to a question from the Democratic Alliance’s Glynnis Breytenbach, who also asked whether his standoff with the president was having a negative impact on the performance of the National Prosecuting Authority.

He denied this, saying there “was no rift” between himself and the president, save that Zuma had announced an inquiry into whether he was a fit and proper person to hold his post.

Zuma announced the inquiry four months ago but has not announced any terms of reference for a probe.

It was motivated by the State Security Agency’s refusal to grant Nxasana security clearance because of charges, including murder, levelled against him years ago. He was acquitted of murder.

Speaking to reporters at Parliament later on Tuesday, Nxasana said the media reports had shocked him.

“Let me put this on record. I was shocked last Friday when I learnt that there is a story in the Mail & Guardian that the president has made me an offer of R5 million to vacate the office, and I have demanded R7.5 million.”

He did not know where the newspaper had got the story.

“There has never been any offer made to me by the president to resign, and, equally, I’ve never made any demand of R7.5 million, or any amount of money for that matter.

“The matter as it stands… is that I met the president, and I gave him the information that I believed he didn’t have at the time when he made the decision to announce the inquiry.”

This was where the matter was at this point.

“And, as far as I know, the president is still applying his mind to the information I gave him, and I think we’ll have then to engage, both myself and the president, with a view to finding a way of taking the matter forward.”

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