Cope up in arms about alleged NPA golden handshake

2015-05-17 21:12
Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

Mxolisi Nxasana (Picture: City Press)

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Cape Town - The Congress of the People (Cope) on Sunday claimed President Jacob Zuma was "wasting millions in golden handshakes", after a newspaper reported that embattled NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana wanted R6m before he would consider leaving office.

"The Presidency and Nxasana, we learn, are discussing the quantum. Under the Zuma administration, it is no longer the rule of law that has priority. It is money, money, money," said Cope spokesperson Dennis Bloem.

"The truth, in the circumstances, is a constant loser under the ruling party."

City Press newspaper on Sunday reported that it had been informed by senior NPA sources that Nxasana wanted R6m in compensation, and that one of his conditions was that his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, and the head of the specialised commercial crimes unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, be redeployed.

An inquiry into Nxasana's fitness to hold office was cancelled at the last minute. According to the report, it emerged that he had failed to obtain security clearance because of a failure to disclose his past brushes with the law.

"If Nxasana was unfit to hold office, he should have braved the enquiry and faced the consequences of the outcome," Bloem said.

"We, as citizens, would have learnt why the vetting process failed or why it was subverted, for an ulterior motive as many are now suspecting."

The Presidency said in a statement last week that it was in talks with Nxasana and it would communicate the outcome of such deliberations once they had been finalised.

Nxasana’s lawyer, Busani Mabunda, told City Press they would only comment once the president had made an announcement on Nxasana’s future.

Bloem said Zuma owed the nation a "full and proper" explanation.

He added: "Cope will ask questions in parliament to ascertain from the president how much of our money he wasted in golden handshakes since he came to office. We regard these golden handshakes as fruitless and futile expenditure."

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