Reports: Nxasana & Zuma deadlock over 'golden handshake'

The NPA head has reportedly declined President Zuma’s offer of R5m to step down quietly.

National Prosecuting Authority head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana has reportedly demanded a R7.5 million settlement and declined President Jacob Zuma's R5 million offer for him to step down quietly.

The Mail & Guardian is reporting on these allegations this morning, quoting various sources.

Nxasana's fitness to hold office is being investigated, after it was discovered he had been acquitted of charges, including murder, but did not disclose this before his appointment.

Just four months after the president announced an inquiry into Nxasana's suitability for his position, it's now emerged the two men are deadlocked over a golden handshake.

Nxasana, who was appointed NPA boss a year ago, has demanded the same package as one of his predecessors Vusi Pikoli, with the paper saying he's told Zuma to take it or leave it.

The president apparently offered a different amount because Nxasana's short tenure.

In terms of the NPA Act, Zuma can only axe Nxasana after the inquiry has concluded and with the approval of Members of Parliament.

The president's spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, has declined to comment.