Paying Back The Money’s Going To Be Difficult – Nxasana

Former Head of the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, Mxolisi Nxasana leaves the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 13,2018.PICTURE: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG: Former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana says it’s going to be a scramble to come up with the R10 million which the Constitutional Court has ordered him to pay back.

This is a portion of the R17.3 million payout which he received when he left office. Speaking to a Johannesburg-based Talk Radio, Power FM, Nxasana admitted that the settlement agreement he reached with former president Jacob Zuma was “invalid in hindsight”.

He, however, defended his decision to accept the money: “At the time I thought it was the right thing to do.”

Nxasana denies that the money was a golden handshake, as he was pushed out of the office by Zuma with the help of “few powerful elements”.

“It is not a thumbsucked amount. It represents the money that I was going to be paid had I remained in office for the entire tenure period. That’s how it was calculated,” explains Nxasana.

He says he is willing to pay back the money as per the court ruling.

“Obviously I accept the court’s decision. We will have to engage with the state and find a way on how to honor the judgment.

“It’s going to be a difficult thing for me to do, I will have to scratch the surface and try [to] raise the money,” Nxasana added.