‘Nxasana was paid R17m to walk away from his job’

Rights group Accountability Now laid charges of corruption against Zuma and Masutha.

Former NPA National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Accountability Now director advocate Paul Hoffman says he believes the way President Jacob Zuma reached an agreement with former National Prosecuting Authority head Mxolisi Nxasana shows Nxasana was paid over R17 million to simply walk away from his job.

Nxasana resigned after meeting an inquiry into his fitness to hold office was called off by the president.

Hoffman has lodged a complaint with the police saying that an act of corruption was committed when the payment was made.

Nxasana was paid the money following a Constitutional Court ruling in a case relating to then spy boss Billy Masetlha that said someone fired illegally from their job must be placed in the same financial position as if they had seen out their appointment.

But Hoffman says that ruling should not apply here.

"Masetlha was at the beck and call of the executive, whereas Nxasana is an independent functionary who is enjoined in terms of the Constitution to act without fear or favour."

At the same time, Justice under Law chair Judge Johann Kriegler has also said that he wants to go to court after several top officials received golden handshakes to leave their jobs.

Hoffman says this payment was clearly illegal.

"The agreement itself leads to ineluctably to the inference that it was a corrupt payment that persuaded Nxasana to tender his resignation."