‘Nxasana did not receive R6m payout after resigning’

The Presidency announced on Sunday that Nxasana was stepping down.

FILE: Former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) head Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana's attorney has declined to disclose the exact payout his client received after resigning.

Attorney Busani Mabunda held a briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday, following Sunday's announcement by the Presidency that Nxasana was stepping down.

Nxasana was not present at the briefing.

He called it to address several issues around his departure but his exact reasons for resigning were not divulged.

Mabunda said the figure of R6 million reportedly paid to Nxasana following his departure was not accurate but he would not be drawn on the exact figure.

"The settlement is definitely not what you are having. It is not less than what he could have got had he remained in office."

Mabunda also wouldn't elaborate on the reasons for his client's resignation, despite being pressed to do so.

"He is gone; he is no longer employee of the [National Prosecuting Authority] NPA."

He also said his client thanked all NPA staff when he left the office on Friday.

He added that at no point were the resignations of NPA deputy directors a condition of his own departure from the prosecuting authority.

Mabunda confirmed that his client did an investigation in Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi's fitness to hold office.

He said only in the performance of his duties and after taking legal advice did Nxasana request President Jacob Zuma to suspend his two deputies.

"At no stage did Mr Nxasana demand, as a condition for his resignation, that Miss Jiba and Mr Mrwebi should vacate their respective offices."

He said Nxasana noted Jiba's allegations made against him in the battle against the General Council of the Bar.