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From appointment as NPA head to state capture testimony — five must-read stories on Mxolisi Nxasana

20 August 2019 - 14:27 By Cebelihle Bhengu
Former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana.
Former NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

Former prosecutions boss Mxolisi Nxasana is dominating news headlines following his appearance before the state capture commission of inquiry. 

Here are five must-read stories on Nxasana:

'Conspiracy' to oust him

Nxasana alleged before the commission on Monday that lies were peddled by advocates Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi to former president Jacob Zuma, in order to oust him. Carrying out this ploy, Jiba and Mrwebi allegedly told Zuma that Nxasana was planning on reinstating charges against Zuma — something he denied. 

Procedure to appoint Nxasana as NDPP

In June, Nxasana told the commission of inquiry that Zuma's legal adviser, Michael Hulley, approached him as he was mandated by Zuma to offer Nxasana the position as the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP) at the NPA. Although shocked and surprised at the offer, Nxasana said he accepted the job. 

Golden handshake

In August last year, the constitutional court ruled that Nxasana must pay back R10.2-million of the R17.3-million he had received as part of a settlement agreement to oust him as the NDPP. In an interview with Radio 702, Nxasana claimed he did not think the payout was inappropriate. 

R158 debt 

In April 2018, Nxasana received a letter of demand from the NPA, asking that he pay a debt of R158 which had accumulated R40 interest, for a total of R198. Nxasana incurred the debt during a trip to Geneva‚ Switzerland, in 2014.

Commission into Nxasana's fitness to hold office

The news that former president Zuma had early in 2015 revived the Cassim Inquiry, which would investigate Nxasana's fitness to hold office, was an eyebrow-raiser for political party Congress of the People (COPE), which questioned why Nxasana was being singled out.