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Zuma’s lawyer: Only executive can appoint and suspend NDPPs

Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law have asked the High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside Nxasana’s R17-million golden handshake and order that he pay back the money.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma’s legal team has argued that the applicants in the matter involving former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Mxolisi Nxasana want the court to involve itself in executive decisions which would amount to judicial overreach.

Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law have asked the High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside Nxasana’s R17-million golden handshake and order that he pay back the money.

While Zuma is not opposed to having the settlement agreement declared unlawful, he insists that the advocate’s resignation from the NPA is legitimate.

The High Court was told that Zuma is precluded from appointing the prosecutions boss because while facing the prospect of being criminally charged himself, he has a direct interest in the incumbent.

Advocate Ishmael Semenya says this amounts to judicial overreach.

“The nature of the relief that’s been sought is to invite this court to go and indirectly exercise that which only the executive can do and that’s the appointment and suspension of NDPPs.”

Judgment has been reserved.