Nxasana breaks silence on R5m golden handshake

It was reported Jacob Zuma offered Mxolisi Nxasana R5 million to step down as the NPA’s head.

FILE: NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana

CAPE TOWN - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana says it's not true that President Jacob Zuma offered him a R5 million golden handshake.

Nxasana was speaking at Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

It has been reported that Nxasana asked Zuma to increase the offer to R7.5 million.

Zuma announced four months ago that he intended launching an inquiry into whether Nxasana is a fit and proper person for his job.

The move followed revelations that Nxasana had been denied security clearance because of charges levelled against him years ago, including a murder charge on which he was acquitted.

Nxasana later met with Zuma and the terms of reference of the inquiry have never been published.

Nxasana says he was shocked when he read in the Mail and Guardian newspaper that Zuma had offered him R5 million to step down and that he'd asked him to up the offer.

"I don't know where that story comes from. There has never been any offer made to me to resign."

While the NPA issued a flat denial soon after the report was published, this is the first time that Nxasana has spoken publicly about it.

Nxasana says as far as he knows, Zuma is still applying his mind to the information he provided him when they met.