Nxasana denies 'golden handshake' with Zuma

NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana has broken his silence on claims Zuma offered him R5m to step down quietly.

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

CAPE TOWN - National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana has for the first time spoken out about reports that President Jacob Zuma offered him R5 million to step down quietly.

He says it's not true the president offered him a 'golden handshake' or that he asked for a settlement of more than R7 million.

The NPA issued a flat denial after the report was published, but Nxasana was asked about it in Parliament on Tuesday, when he broke his silence.

"I was shocked last Friday when I learned 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."

Nxasana was also asked about the inquiry into his fitness for office that was announced by Zuma four months ago.

He says, "As far as I know, the president is still applying his mind to the information that I gave him and I think we'll have then to engage both myself and the president with the view of finding a way to take the matter forward."