No clarity on why Mxolisi Nxasana resigned

Despite a briefing about his resignation, there’s no clarity on why the NPA boss called it quits.

Former NPA boss Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Despite a media briefing to clear up confusion surrounding former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana's resignation, there is no clarity on the exact reason he stepped down.

Nxasana vacated his position on Monday after a Commission of Inquiry into his fitness to hold office was abandoned before it could begin.

Attorney Busani Mabunda addressed the media in Johannesburg on Tuesday following an announcement by the Presidency on Sunday that Nxasana had stepped down.

Mabunda said Nxasana remains professionally competent and is fit to hold the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions.

But he wouldn't say why exactly his client resigned.

"It was the culmination of, amongst other things, engagement with the president; the two of them found that it would be in the best interest of both the country and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that he resigns.

Mabunda also wouldn't disclose how much Nxasana was paid, but said it's not the figure being reported by the media.

Nxasana has reportedly received a R17 million golden handshake in an agreement with President Jacob Zuma to resign.

The Business Day is this morning reporting that the settlement agreement is attached to Nxasana's notice to the court that he's withdrawing his case, which challenged his suspension.

There has been much speculation around the amount of money the now former NPA boss received in a settlement agreement reached with Zuma.

Initially, it was estimated at R7 million, but the Business Day is this morning reporting that the agreement is for R17.3 million.