JOHANNESBURG – Former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Mxolisi Nxasana detailed the pressures he faced while at the helm of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and says he hopes his successor will restore credibility and integrity.
"It wasn't an easy journey at all, the court has explained the journey I went through. I am glad that to this day there is no allegation that I am not fit and proper to hold office and there is no allegation that I didn't perform my duties as the NDPP.
The Constitutional court ruled both Nxasana's removal as NPA head and Shaun Abrahams’s subsequent appointment were constitutionally invalid.
Nxasana left the office after former President Jacob Zuma paid him an over R17-million golden handshake.
“To my successor I wish him or her well in his or her appointment and I hope for the her for the NPA,” says Nxasana. He says today’s @ConCourtSA judgement is a vindication for the Constitution and South Africa but he has been a loser, with a career on hold.— Erin Bates (@ermbates) August 13, 2018
"I came here to abide by any decision this court would give. For the whole three years, my life has been hanging,” says Nxasana.
He says when he was appointed as NDPP he had built up a practice over 16 years.
For the next NDPP he advices “he or she will be working with very eminent personnel at NPA.”
A new National Director of Public Prosecution must be appointed within 90-days.